by Bruce Brander, Mary An Harrell, and Hector Holthouse
National Geographic Society, 1968 [First Edition], illustrated end-papers, colour photographs throughout, hardcover, dust-jacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing to edges and corners, dust-jacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with small chips and tears to edges, a little rubbing (see photographs)
"Continents shape men as surely as men shape continents, and rugged, restive Australia has bred a people to match its perverse grandeur. The country's short history dates only from the end of the American Revolution.
Searching the world for a place to send prisoners from overcrowded jails, Britain decided on empty Australia. The First Fleet - loaded with convicts and a contingent of freemen, Australia's first settlers - sailed into Sydney Cove in 1788. The men and women aboard, and others who followed, gradually transformed their new home into the vigorous young nation of today."