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These selected books focus on the history of, and/or pastoral industry in northern Australia.



Where is Dr Leichhardt? addresses what Dr Darrell Lewis calls the greatest mystery in Australian history - the mystery of the lost Leichhardt expedition."With forensic flair and admirable energy he examines all the clues, each scrap of evidence and follows the paper trail through libraries and archives all over Australia" (Dr Henry Reynolds).

Author: Dr Darrell Lewis




A Wild History explores the frontiersmen  -   cattle and horse thieves, outlaws, capitalists, dreamers, drunks, madmen and others  -  who came to the Victoria River District of Australia's Northern Territory.

When the first settlers arrived in 1883, it was a cattleman’s paradise. But it was a paradise for the Aboriginal people too who had lived there for thousands of years and conflict ensued. The arrival of the cattle began the destruction of the paradise for both.

Author, historian and archaeologist, Dr Darrell Lewis' painstaking research through rich documentary sources including Aboriginal oral traditions, and investigations in the VRD over 35 years, links the complex interactions between the environment, the powerful and warlike Aboriginal tribes and the settlers and their cattle.

Author: Dr Darrell Lewis


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Slower than the Eye Can See documents environmental changes from the time of European explorers to the present day, with a focus on the Victoria River District in the Northern Territory. "The region was one of the last areas of Australia to be occupied by Europeans, the first setters arriving in 1883."

The book features remarkable pairs of historical and modern photographs that reveal how the country has changed. Author, archaeologist and historian, Dr Darrell Lewis, demonstrates how to use this historical paired-photograph technique in Last Paradise to Paradise Lost.

Author: Dr Darrell Lewis

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North of Capricorn captures the cultural diversity of life in Northern Australia in 1901 - the "other" Australia.

"Southern settled overwhelmingly white Australia, which had participated in the federal referenda of 1898-99 and the first national elections of 1900, was very different from, and particularly hostile to, the multiracial society in the tropical north, where unencountered thousands of Aborigines occupying large tribal territories in Cape York, Arnhem Land, the Kimberleys and the Great Sandy Desert had never seen Europeans and knew nothing of Federation or their putative membership of a new nation."

Author: Dr Henry Reynolds


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The Murranji Track gives a definitive account of this "ghost road of the drovers"  from the time of the Aborigines and early explorers to its opening by "Bluey" Buchanan, the beginning of the epic droving period in 1904 and its demise in the 1960s.

Author and historian, Darrell Lewis, documents many personal reminiscences of Murranji drovers - some of whom our retold in Stock Routes to Ghost Roads - as well as provides historical photographs, maps and dozens of tracings of graffiti from the "Bagman's Gazette".

Author: Dr Darrell Lewis



Big Mobs: The Story of Australian Cattlemen tells the stockmen's story while providing a major social history.

It gives a rich account of the development of the pastoral industry including the technology and skills associated with horsemanship, bushcraft and working cattle.

Author: Glen McClaren


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An Awkward Truth: the bombing of Darwin February 1942 captures the extraordinary events of the first wartime assault on Australian soil.

More bombs fell on Darwin, more civilians were killed and more ships were sunk than at Pearl Harbour ten weeks earlier.

Author: Peter Grose

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Far Country: A Short History of the Northern Territory provides an interesting history of the Northern Territory, within the broader perspective of world events. It addresses themes of a regional history: Aboriginal society, European exploration and the early European colonial settlements, race relations, urban settlements, politics, significant people, literature and the struggle to establish viable industries.

Author: Emeritus Professor Alan Powell





The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, through written and visual records of the Australian landscape, examines the complex land management system that existed in 1788. It describes how Aboriginal people managed their land, how this was possible, what they did, and why. 

Author: Historian and Adjunct Professor Bill Gammage





The Last Muster reflects the life for many people on cattle stations in the Kimberleys. But this novel is not just action, suspense, wild horses, musters and getting lost.

The Last Muster, explores the challenging issues of the land rights movement, the complexities of the coexistence and clashes of European and Aboriginal cultures as well as the isolation and attraction of the Kimberley landscape.

Author: Leonie Norrington