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Briar Earth By Paul Tapp
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Only a successful fox-hunt can save Manor Gray from financial ruin...its success, guaranteed by a decision to despatch the stunning Princess Peach to make her social debut at the hunt. Against his... More > will veteran soldier and trainee-diplomat Captain Thomas is her appointed escort, his job? To steer Peach from controversial discourse on the merits of the country's most popular blood-sports...a mission destined to failure...as though it were planned as a conspiracy all the way to the Queen, to bring and end to fox-hunting. Foxes, horses, hounds, heroism and defiance...and the animal folk of field and sky unwittingly play their part in bringing about the biggest bungled hunting event in history. But at the root of it all is a mystical ancient gift that once chose the country's monarchs, now resurrected and playing its part in a classic tale of old customs, simple justice and romance.< Less
Bundy and Burra By Paul Tapp
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Burra is a boy of long-ago land, who reckons his boomerang is a toy. But he doesn't understand the law of his land. Don't make friends with animals. A little lonely Bunyip lad stays invisible to... More > watch the play...until Grampa B bellows his head off and sends the tribe into panic. While the tribe pack up, Burra makes his own way and comes face to face with the dreaded foe. Essentially a happy-ending non-scary story of the ancient Aussie outback.< Less
The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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A composite of accounts of whaling and sealing, including the A.L.Meston essay on 'Half-castes of the Furneaux Group'. They came from across the globe in tall ships, in billowing sails, iconic of an... More > era hell-bent on supplying the colonies and the giant cities of the northern hemisphere with their insatiable industrial needs. The many out of print publications to which I have referred, are conservative in their appraisal of the sealing and whaling hey-day of Tasmania, particularly the expansive bays and estuaries of the south and the islands of Bass Strait, the Furneaux Group. But it was the universal expression of the day of those authors, not to paraphrase in any emotional terms, the end result of that period of exploitation.They came, they slaughtered and regarded their new-found paradise as no more than their 'happy hunting-grounds' & moved on...for no other reason than that of the industrial pragmatic...there was nothing left. This publication salvages works otherwise lost to posterity.< Less
The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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In the opening years of the nineteenth century the islands in Bass Strait were the happy hunting grounds of sealers, and such was the fame of the region that sealers from as far afield as Mauritius... More > and New England came to share in the rich harvest. It was the practice of merchants of Hobart and Sydney to send gangs of sealers to live on the islands, providing them with some provisions, but expecting them in the main to subsist on the flesh of kangaroo, wombat, and emu. The producer of this book initially set out to publish a record of the out-of-print essay of highly regarded anthropologist A.L.Meston, a Launceston teacher, historian and humanitarian. Because of the need to qualify for a quarto Lulu self-publishing format, it was necessary to include material from other out of print publications...a fortuitous requirement, given the result, an insight into an otherwise forgotten part of Tasmania's and indeed global history of the callous and shameful treatment of indigenous inhabitants.< Less