Winners announced! Congratulations to: Catherine Hocking, Mark Pearce, Nicole Close, Chez Leggatt, Wendy Cassimaty, Chris Goopy, Carol Battishill, Adrienne Webb, Lyn Rosenberg, Trina Bassula, Elizabeth O’Brien Royle, Sue Bou, Jan Squire, Lloyd Stagg & Jeff Hadley.
Today, we’re giving away 15 beautiful Australian books from our friends at the National Library of Australia.
- 5 copies of Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia
- 5 copies of Curious Minds: Discoveries of Australian Naturalists
- 5 copies of Topsy-turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers
To enter, simply head over to our facebook page – Inside History Magazine – and tell us WHERE WERE YOU IN 1968 – the year the NLA opened. Winners will be announced on Monday on Inside History Magazine.
Curious Minds: The Discoveries of Australian Naturalists looks at the long line of naturalists who have traversed Australia in search of new plants and animals.
Identifying and classifying the unfamiliar plants and animals was their biggest challenge—the early ones were frequently wrong but later naturalists were able to build on and learn from previous mistakes. In time, a new breed of homegrown naturalists emerged. This succession of curious minds would help to foster pride in a developing nation, as well an interest in the preservation of natural history. Curious Minds brings to life the stories of the naturalists and settlers who made the unfamiliar familiar and who contributed to developments in natural science.
Among the names are Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Amalie Dietrich, Ludwig Leichhardt, Ferdinand von Mueller, Ellis Rowan, John Lewin and John and Elizabeth Gould. Beautifully illustrated with images from the collection of the National Library of Australia, the publication is a loving tribute to the courageous and inquisitive men and women who led by example. Award-winning Peter Macinnis is the author of numerous books, including NLA Publishing’s Australian Backyard Explorer and Australian Backyard Naturalist.
Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia. Panoramas, whether painted or photographed, were the nineteenth-century equivalent of IMAX or Google maps. These wide-angled views of landscapes and cities fascinated viewers, who had never before seen such far-reaching perspectives on the world around them.
Based on the National Library of Australia’s extensive collections, Capturing Time: Panoramas of Old Australia looks back on our nation through the magic of panoramas—to the streets of Sydney when it was the convict capital, to the gold rushes of Melbourne and to Perth, struggling to establish a toehold on the continent’s western frontier.
Dating from 1810 to the 1920s, the paintings and photographs include historic views of all of Australia’s capital cities, plus some country towns. Not only can readers imagine what it might have been like to stand on Sydney’s Observatory Hill in 1820, for example, but also what it would have been like to stand there with a companion able to point out landmarks and tell the sorts of interesting stories that only locals know.
Twenty panoramas and over 200 illustrations and maps feature in this jam-packed publication. The author looks at each one, chapter by chapter, exploring the background behind the featured image—who created it, why and under what circumstances—and providing a lively history of the time, pointing out interesting buildings and landmarks and telling stories and anecdotes about the items depicted.
Topsy-turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers. To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy. Christmas was in the summer and trees shed their bark but not their leaves. And the animals were bizarre. There was a bird that laughed like a donkey and a type of greyhound that bound along on its hind legs like a hare. There was an animal in Tasmania whose nocturnal screeches sounded like the devil and a river creature that had a duck’s bill at one end and a beaver’s tail at the other.
Through factional stories of real characters and events, Kirsty Murray brings alive the wonder and excitement over the first European sightings of Australian animals and the misunderstandings they had about these creatures. Her dramatisations are followed by what we know today about the animals’ habits and by other fascinating facts about them.