Tag: History

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft by Tom Griffiths

The minute I saw Tom Griffith’s book description on Amazon I knew his book was a book I must read.  It was listed on Kindle Unlimited, but I wasn’t a subscriber.  I’d been considering joining Amazon’s eBook library, so I subscribed and picked up “The Art of Time Travel” eBook.

My book-blog posts at Artuccino, show how much I love books about the craft of writing.  Closely associated with the craft of writing is the historians’ craft.  If you combine my interest in the craft of writing, to my enthusiasm for collecting fragments of history related to Allan Cunningham, then it may become clear that a book about historians, Australian historians, would be one that I would gobble up.

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Tracking and Mapping the Explorers by John Whitehead

CUNNINGHAM”S 1825 JOURNEY TO THE LIVERPOOL PLAINS NOW AVAILABLE. When studying the coming and goings of geographical explorers you need a map, a very precise, detailed readable map along with clear geographic reference points. A map that shows where the explorers walked, where they camped, what they observed and what they reported in their journals. John Whitehead understood this when he walked in the footsteps of the explorers. He has taken the time to share his experience by recording geographic locations, providing maps and photos of a landscape that in some places still remains visually similar to what the explorers saw. Using the explorers’ original maps and journals, John found where they had been and with respect and dedication stood where these intrepid explorers once stood. His books are indispensable for those who take the time to walk in the footsteps of our early colonial adventurers.

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Allan Cunningham Letters of a Botanist Explorer 1791-1839

Allan Cunningham is rightly celebrated as the leading botanist in Australia in the first half of the 19th century. He was also an accomplished explorer, and a pioneer physical geographer, plant geographer and ecologist at a time when those sciences were in their infancy. Cunningham was a very enthusiastic correspondent, both in the numbers and (often) length of his letters, and this book brings together over 490 letters, to him, from him, and (between third parties) about him. More …

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The Botanist and the Judge by A.E. & T.A. Orchard

On Christmas Day, 1818, the tiny naval Cutter ‘Mermaid’, under the command of Lieutenant Phillip Parker King, sailed through Sydney Heads en route to Tasmania, where King intended to survey the newly discovered harbours of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour. On board were two passengers, the botanist Allan Cunningham … and Justice Barron Field.

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