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The Amateur Tramp CoverThe Amateur Tramp by Colin Choat

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Aidan de Brune was the first person to walk around the perimeter of Australia. He set off in 1921, unaccompanied and unassisted, and walked 10,000 miles, (16,000km) from Sydney to Sydney, anticlockwise. A century on, in a changed world, his unique feat can never be repeated. 

 

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  • The First World War.  2014 — the centenary of the beginning of the Great war. This page details a number of ebooks about ANZAC and the conflict in general.
  • Library of Australiana. Free ebooks by Australian writers, or about Australia!
  • Australia's Greatest Books. A number of Australian 'classics' which are available as free etexts.
  • Dictionary of Australian Biography. Biographies of more than 1000 people prominent in the development of Australia; explorers, artists, politicians, scientists, etc. All died before the end of 1942. An online free ebook.
  • Australian Discovery. The first authenticated landing on Australian soil occurred in 1606. In 2006 Australians celebrated the 400th anniversary of the event. This page covers the period from 1606-1770. Many free ebooks.
  • Australian Explorers. A chronology of Australian exploration with links to relevant free ebooks, together with an extensive list of Australian explorers and their biographies.
  • Australian Explorers Journals. A virtual library of free ebooks, written by the explorers themselves.
  • Australian History. Free ebooks relating to Australian History.
  • The First Fleet. Details of the First Fleet which arrived in Australia in 1788.
  • Maps and Charts relating to the Discovery of Australia by Europeans
  • Maps and Charts relating to the Exploration of Australia by Europeans
  • Timeline of Australian History. A list of of significant dates in Australian History.
  • Australian Currency. Details of people who have appeared on Australian currency.

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Updated 18 Oct 2018