Jim Haynes upturns some of the long-held myths of Australian history with surprising results.
With all the skills of the master storyteller that he is, Jim Haynes exposes some of the great myths of Australian history.
Did you know that Portuguese and Spanish explorers probably found the east coast of Australia before Captain Cook, and that the Rum Rebellion was not caused by rum? And what about Banjo Paterson writing Waltzing Matilda? As for Ned Kelly being a brave freedom-fighting rebel, in truth he was a thief, a thug and a murderer. The Ashes have nothing to do with cricket, the Ghan is not named after Afghan cameleers and Hargraves lied about discovering gold in New South Wales.
Surprising, confounding, revealing and fun, Jim Haynes takes us on another great journey through Australian history and folklore.
Jim Haynes is one of Australia's most prolific and successful authors. He wrote his first book in 1995. 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. In 2016, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian.
Literature & literary studies
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format