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Darwin: Growth of a City. The 1880s.

Derek Pugh's history of Darwin's second decade, the 1880s, follows 'Darwin: Origin of a City'. Then known as Palmerston, it was a frontier town in a boom: gold rush, port and railway construction, sugar plantations, pastoralism, pearls and exploration. The population was overwhelmingly Chinese. It is an absorbing history, darkened by massacres, murders and mayhem.
Derek Pugh OAM is a historian has lived in the Northern Territory for over 40 years. After a career in Education contexts ranging from large urban senior schools, to tiny remote homeland centre schools in Arnhem Land, and several International schools. He has published 15 books. One of these – Tambora - took out the Territory Read Best Non-fiction Award for 2016 and another - Darwin: Origin of a City - was shortlisted for the Chief Minister’s Book Award in 2020. Current projects include a book on Overland Telegraph Line and a documentary film script for the upcoming bicentenary of the Fort Dundas settlement.
* Extraordinary tales of pioneers in remote northern Australia. * Read forgotten stories of the Northen Territory gold rush, of massacres in the north, and survival in the streets of Palmerston.
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