Adelaide : Rigby | 1979.
1979 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Western Australia and this lavish book is a celebration of such an important date in Australian history.
Within these pages you will find a fascinating parade of the people and the events that have helped to forge the largest and most promising of all States of the Commonwealth. Henry C. James has brought together a treasure-house of photographs anecdotes and historical insight to trace the emergence of today's State from the day when the first white settlers put their feet on the land.
The beginnings were tentative indeed; they were th days of primitive settlements, when dust, flies and isolation plagued the existence of the first few to arrive. But the people held on, first, to gain a foothold in this strange place and, then, gradually to open up the land and bend it to their wills. Henry James relates the growth of the local companies - from the manufactures of ice cream to the mining giants of today. He records the old horse-and-carriage days, the era of the advent of the motor car, the early towns with their frontier building and their main streets running out into seemingly desolate bush, the changing fashions and the lifestyles of the locals. Then there are the flora and fauna and all those areas of natural beauty that lie within boundaries so vast in distance from one another.
Each major region is dealt with separately, so that the scope of the book can be easily followed, There are, too, individual chapters that cover those common topics, such as as the natural life, explorations, politics, sport, war and hard times, and the future and tourism. In this way has been brought forwards a proud tribute tot he first 150 years and a bold and colourful prospect for the coming years.
Bibliography: p. 280.
288 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 32 cm.
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Q 994.1 JAM
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