The ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, and the surprising
Did you know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000...emus? Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland and he came as a convict? And how about the spooky phenomenon of the mischief-making Guyra Ghost?
From Jim Haynes, one of our most successful and prolific tellers of yarns and bush tales, comes this ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising, the truly weird and the completely inexplicable.
Told with a refreshing understatement, Australia's Most Unbelievable True Stories vividly evokes a vanishing Australia when anything was possible, when characters were larger than life and the bizarre and strange were normal.
Jim Haynes has travelled far and wide to meet and interview the people whose stories make up his books. Before becoming a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer in 1988, Jim taught writing, literature, history and drama in schools and universities from outback NSW to Britain and back again. He is the author of many Great Australian titles, including books on railways, aviation and horse racing. His is one of the country's most prolific and successful Australian authors.
Literature & literary studies
Table Of Contents:
Part 1. Stranger Than Fiction
A Few Ghosts and Some Colonial Corruption
When The End of the World Was Nigh . . . Perhaps
The Act That Brought the House Down
Two Incredible 'All-rounders'
The Woman Who Murdered His Wife
The Overland Mail
The Girl With Peculiar Dark Eyes
The Tumultuous, Triumphant and Tragic Life of Tom Wills
The Lonely Ghost of Lady Elliot Island
Part 2. Royal Visitors Beware!
The Prince's Braces, the Irish Madman and the Nurses
The Convict King of Iceland
The Princes Who Saw a Ghost
The Nazi 'Digger' Prince
Part 3. Lest We Forget
Private Leak, the Larrikin
Fighting Our Friends-the Battle of Brisbane
Turning the Tide
The Most Confused Battle Area in World History
The Enemy We Simply Didn't Understand
Part 4. Those Magnificent Women And Men
Some Aussie Ups and Downs
The Scandalous Flying Tassels
The Boy Who Watched the Ibis
The Girl from Hull
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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