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Darwin: Survival of a City, The 1890s

  • ISBN-13: 9780645737400
  • Publisher: DEREK PUGH
    Imprint: DEREK PUGH
  • By Derek Pugh
  • Price: AUD $39.99
  • Stock: 18 in stock
  • Availability: Order will be despatched as soon as possible.
  • Local release date: 16/05/2023
  • Format: Paperback (229.00mm X 154.00mm) 310 pages Weight: 460g
  • Categories: Australasian & Pacific history [HBJM]
Derek Pugh brings the Darwin of the 1890s alive. (Hon Sally Thomas AC). In the 1890s, Darwin was in the doldrums. The town, then known as Palmerston, was succumbing to the worldwide depression with mining, pastoralism, and agriculture suffered from downturn, disease, and distance. The gold price plummeted and Redwater disease struck cattle - many pastoral operations closed. This is the story of South Australia’s Top End settlement in the last decade of the nineteenth century. It was a tough time, and the South Australian Government had had enough of their ‘white elephant’. When Palmerston blew away in the Great Hurricane of 1897, many called for the Territory’s return to the British Colonial Government. But the Territory, as ever, was full of resilient and resourceful characters. Many appear in these pages: judges, railway gangers, bushmen, murderers, buffalo hunters, hoteliers, Chinese miners, Aboriginal station hands, explorers, cross-country cyclists, and more. Territorians were, as Banjo Patterson described them, full of ‘booze, blow and blasphemy’ – but even he couldn’t wait to get back there.
Derek Pugh OAM, is an educator and award-winning author with books on N.T. history, science, travel and YA fiction. Most well-known is his history series on the settlement of the N.T., the Overland Telegraph Line, and a memoir of his time living in Maningrida, plus two novels, one of which (Tammy Damulkurra) is a year 9 reader for the entire country of Kiribati. Derek Pugh lives in Darwin.
* 3rd in a series on 19th century Top End settlement history - after 1870s and 1880s.
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