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The Locomotive Enginemen: A history of the West Australian Locomotive Engine Drivers’, Firemen’s and Cleaners’ Union

Title: The Locomotive Enginemen: A history of the West Australian Locomotive Engine Drivers’, Firemen’s and Cleaners’ Union
Author: Bobbie Oliver
ISBN: 9780987567093 (ebook)
Dimensions: 81,000 words (+ notes), 22 images

This book explores the social phenomenon of the rise and decline of trade unionism in 20th century Australia through the history of one particular union, Western Australia’s longest running industrial union (1898–1999), the West Australian Locomotive Engine Drivers’, Firemen’s and Cleaners’ Union [WALEDF&CU].

In particular it explores three characteristics of Australian industrial history in the 20th century: the influence of a British industrial diaspora on the development of Australian trade unionism; features that distinguished the Australian (and New Zealand) industrial systems from the rest of the world, and reasons for the dominance of unionism mid twentieth century and its relatively sharp decline since the 1970s.

The WALEDF&CU remained ‘exceptional’ to the last, amalgamating with the Rail Tram and Bus Union in 1999, almost a decade after its Eastern States counterparts.

The concluding chapters discuss the effects of privatisation, the painful process of negotiation and amalgamation, and the long-term impact on union membership and union loyalty.

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Remembering the Wars: Commemoration in Western Australian communities

TitleRemembering the Wars: Commemoration in Western Australian communities
Authors: John Stephens and Graham Seal
ISBN: 9780987567079 (paperback)
Dimensions: 244mm x 170 mm (landscape), 183 pages, 104 colour images
Publication Date: 2015

What is important about war memorials?

Why are there so many of them?

What do they tell us about the past – and perhaps about the present?

Why do communities expend so much energy and money on building them?

This book explores these questions and shows how the story of war remembrance in Western Australia can be revealed through the memorial places that communities build to commemorate their local heroes.

Through a representative selection of Western Australian war memorials, this book illustrates that while Anzac continues to be a prime motivation for war remembrance there are significant local interpretations and representations of the national story. It is the collection of these local and individual negotiations that give Western Australian war commemoration its unique perspective and flavour. Further they reflect changing community attitudes and values in relation to military conflicts and their consequences, including the ambitions and sorrows of its people.

John Stephens is Professor of Architecture at Curtin University and a member of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute in the Faculty of Humanities. He is a researcher in heritage and war remembrance and author of a number of articles on the architecture of commemoration.

Graham Seal is Professor of Folklore at Curtin University and Director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute in the Faculty of Humanities. He is the author of a number of books and articles relating to the Anzac tradition and Australia’s wartime history.

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Mad Fred

Title: Mad Fred
Author:
Hellie Turner
ISBN: 9780987567086
Format: E-book
Publication date: 2015

This ‘play-in- a -play’, written by veteran Australian playwright Hellie Turner in 2013, is an imagining based on a true story – the story of a captivating character in fascinating circumstances. In May 1892, Frederick Bailey Deeming, known by some twenty other aliases (master conman, bigamist and brutal murderer) met his much-deserved destiny with the executioner. Investigation of the original murder for which he was convicted, led to the exposure of further grisly murders back in England, and revealed a lifetime of bizarre behaviour. The murders, the convoluted events leading up to his capture in Western Australia, his extradition to Victoria, the trial and ultimately his hanging, caused a media and public frenzy never before seen in Australia.

The play is scaffolded by the court transcripts, newspaper articles of the time, and details gleaned from further biographical texts dedicated to the excavation of Deeming’s extra-ordinary life and ultimate death at the hands of the colonial judicial system.

The playwright’s use of lyrical language and song alleviates the serious, potentially ‘dry’ nature of the research material. The development of songs to pertinently support the dramatic machinations and characterisations of the play, and to bring to mind the vibrancy of the era, required significant collaborative exploration of vaudevillian and burlesque music by Hellie Turner and Ash Gibson Greig, the composer for the 2013 performance at the Perth Cultural Centre, Western Australia.

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Antipodean Traditions: Australian folklore in the 21st century

Title: Antipodean Traditions: Australian folklore in the 21st century
Edited by: Graham Seal and Jennifer Gall
ISBN: 9780980631371 (pbk.)
Publication date: 2011

Antipodean Traditions: Australian Folklore in the 21st Century is a selection of papers from the Australian National Folklore Conference, 2005-2010. The scholarly study of Australian folk tradition is relatively recent and this collection provides a guide to the past, present and future of the field. The Introduction traces the development of folklore studies in Australia and provides connections to further resources and information. The contributors are all expert in their respective fields and have been involved in researching, teaching, collecting, archiving and often performing aspects and elements of Australia’s rich and diverse folk traditions.

Review of Antipodean Traditions: “This volume shows an an academic rigour and depth in probing key questions underpinning Australian culture and society … It is most highly recommended.”
—Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Play and Folklore, No. 60, December 2013.

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Changing Facts, Changing Minds, Changing Worlds

Title: Changing Facts, Changing Minds, Changing Worlds
Editors
: Julie Lunn, Stephanie Bizjak and Sue Summers
ISBN: 9780-980-631-395 (paperback)
Publication date: 2013
Dimensions: B5, 378 pages.

This collection demonstrates the diversity of postgraduate research in the Humanities. The chapters are drawn from the Twelfth Humanities Graduate Research Conference held at Curtin University in October 2011. The theme of the conference, and subsequent title of the compilation, derives from a quote, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”, generally credited to British economist John Maynard Keynes. 
In this spirit, the chapters explore, interrogate, reinterpret and reflect upon ongoing transformations in the natural and built environment; the impact of emerging technologies on the arts, education, health, religious practices and traditional language and narratives; the potential for the artistic process to re-frame scientific problems; and the impact of rapid change upon tradition, culture and gender identity.

‘This work is curiosity-driven, challenging and a delight to read.’
—Emeritus Professor Roy Jones, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

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Edmund Stirling: Swan River Colony pioneer: A biography of the editor of the Enquirer Newspaper, Edmund Stirling (1812–1897)

Title: Edmund Stirling: Swan River Colony pioneer: A biography of the editor of the Enquirer Newspaper, Edmund Stirling (1812–1897)
Author:
Patricia Reynolds (great, great grandaughter of Edmund Stirling)
ISBN: 9780-980-631-340 (pbk)
Publication date: 2010

Edmund Stirling arrived in the Swan River settlement in 1830. For over fifty years he was involved with the local newspaper industry, and for most of that time was the sole proprietor and editor of one of the major early newspapers, The Inquirer. He was a man of high ideals and principles who, through his editorials and journalistic endeavours, was a significant force in shaping public opinion and pressuring governments. Stirling and his paper were held in high regard by the early settlers, but he has since received very little recognition for the role he played in the colony. Patricia Reynolds’ biography establishes Stirling as an influential Western Australian pioneer.

Book Review:
“This book is a Swan River Colony gem  …  I’m sure Edmund Stirling would consider this a great read indeed!”
—Jennifer Lydon, Western Ancestor, Journal of the Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc., Dec. 2010.

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Enter at Own Risk? Australia’s population questions for the 21st century

Title: Enter at Own Risk? Australia’s population questions for the 21st century
Edited by:
Suvendrini Perera, Graham Seal and Sue Summers
ISBN: 9780980631357 (pbk.)
Publication date: October 2010
The shifting and volatile politics of population, border protection and belonging play a key role in twenty-first century Australian politics, as they did in the foundational debates and narratives leading up to federation in 1901. Although population emerged as a defining issue of the 2010 general election, it would be mistaken to assume that this is a first: historically a range of official inquiries, debates and policies of successive governments have directly and indirectly addressed the issue of population as a question of the racial reproduction of the nation. The essays in this volume, although they mostly predate 2010 ‘population debate’, explore the return in contemporary form of many of historical practices and discourses for policing racial-national borders. Focusing on three key groups of outsiders within – temporary workers, international students and refugees and asylum seekers – the contributions address key aspects of border tensions and panics as the boundaries of belonging and of cultural citizenship are continually drawn, patrolled and policed in new and old ways.

“Enter At Own Risk is everything that scholarship should be – bold, relevant, opinionated, based on real authority; and worth reading.” – Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia.

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Green Gems: Stories of the Alcoa Landcare Project 1989 – 2003

Title: Green Gems: Stories of the Alcoa Landcare Project 1989 – 2003
Author:
Alan Pilgrim
ISBN: 978-0-9875670-6-2
Dimensions: 163mm x 240mm x 20mm (portrait), 335 pages, 37 colour images
Publication date: 2015

The Alcoa Landcare Project provides an exemplary model of corporate sponsorship through the funding of community-based Landcare projects in rural and urban locations in Western Australia and Victoria. Launched in WA in 1989 the Alcoa Landcare Project coincided with the Federal Government’s launch of the Decade of Landcare.

One of the key elements underpinning the success of the Alcoa Landcare Project was a corporate sponsorship model which included: a commitment to continuity of funding; the development of strategic partnerships with a number of government agencies and environmental non-government organisations; and, the direct involvement of Alcoa personnel with community groups. The success of the Alcoa Landcare Project was also very much a result of the level of commitment demonstrated by community groups and individuals keen to achieve positive environmental outcomes.

This book recounts the history of Alcoa’s decision to fund a major initiative in Landcare, examines the nature of the sponsorship model, and, tells the stories of the various projects and groups sponsored.

Book review
This publication is one of the most significant examples of corporate sponsorship in Australian Landcare over the past 30 years. A great read for professionals and volunteers involved in Landcare. It provides many excellent quotes, facts and statistics which show just what makes a successful corporate-community partnership.
— Andrew Del Marco, Environmental Consultant, IRONBARK ENVIRONMENTAL, Mt Lawley, Western Australia

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Inside Outside Downside Up: Conservatoire training and musicians' work

Title: Inside Outside Downside Up: Conservatoire training and musicians’ work
Edited by: Dawn Bennett and Michael Hannan
ISBN: 978075751961
Publication date: 2008

Inside, Outside, Downside Up combines selected papers from the 16th International Seminar of the Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician (CEPROM) with additional papers from previous CEPROM Chairs Orlando Musumeci and Michael Hannan.
The papers represent critical issues concerning conservatoire training and the ever-changing world of work: exploring key themes including musicians’ identities as teachers; employment and employability; music theory informing musical practice; and new approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

Dawn Bennett is a Research Fellow with CASAAP at Curtin University and holds postgraduate degrees in education and music performance, including a PhD (Distinction) with the University of Western Australia and a Fellowship with Trinity College, London. She has worked extensively as a violist, educator, researcher and administrator in England and Australia.

Michael Hannan is Professor of Contemporary Music and Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University in Australia. He is a composer, keyboard performer and music researcher.

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Lest We Forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace

Title: Lest We Forget? Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace
Publication series: Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, No. 7
Editors:
Bobbie Oliver and Sue Summers
ISBN: 9780987567031(pbk)
Dimensions: 240mm x 164 mm x 10mm (191 B5 pages)
Publication date: 2014

What is being ‘remembered’ and what is being ‘forgotten’ within Australian war history?

The six contributors to Lest We Forget? raise this critical question by examining the experiences of disabled ex-servicemen, of conscientious objectors, of workers ‘manpowered’ during the Second World War, of the people of Lemnos, of servicewomen and nurses, and the ongoing commemoration of Anzac. This book clearly shows that much has been marginalised within mainstream historical research and media accounts of the past.

Lest We Forget? contributes to a more inclusive, open and true-to-life account of Australia’s experience of war and its aftermath upon the nation and its people.

Chapters

Preface ~ Peter Stanley
Australia at war and peace ~ Sue Summers and Bobbie Oliver
A charity or a right? Repatriation of disabled ex-servicemen in Western Australia, post World War I ~ Sue Summers
‘I was manpowered’: The personal impact of labour reservation in World War II ~ Lenore Layman
‘What kind of democracy is this?’ Conscientious objectors to the National Service Schemes, 1950–1972 ~ Bobbie Oliver
Anzac Day media representations of women in Perth, 1960–2012 ~ Robyn Mayes and Graham Seal
Lemnos and Gallipoli: Towards redressing a marginalised history ~ John N Yiannakis
Forgetting the wars: The fall and rise of war commemoration in Australia ~ John Stephens

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Media Law in Australia: Principles, pitfalls and potentials

Title: Media Law in Australia: Principles, pitfalls and potentials
Author:
Joseph M Fernandez
ISBN: 9780 987 567 017 (pbk)
Dimensions: 210mm x 2955mm x 22 mm (436 A4 pages)
Publication date: 2013

Media Law In Australia, already in its second reprint, discusses an array of laws that impact on the media’s publishing activities. It focuses on the laws that media professionals and others who are preparing publication content must consider. A national audit of free speech commissioned by the Right To Know Coalition grouping of Australia’s main media organisations reported in 2007 that Australians were being denied vital information about how they are governed and how justice is dispensed and that journalists faced more than 500 legal restrictions on information flow. That position remains largely unchanged. This book sets the stage for discussion by considering two preliminary topics: the free speech theory and the various instruments that enshrine freedom of speech, and the oft-invoked ‘public interest’ argument.

The laws discussed in this book are divided into convenient sub-topics: Making The Law, Defamation; Confidentiality and Secrecy; Privacy; Freedom of Information; Media and the Courts and Parliament; Offensive Speech; Copyright; and Media Regulators. Also included is a discussion on the various media regulation reform initiatives such as the Finkelstein Inquiry, the Convergence Review and the Leveson Inquiry.

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Off-Shears: The story of shearing sheds in Western Australia

Title: Off-Shears: The story of shearing sheds in Western Australia
Author:
June Lacy
ISBN:1740671473
Publication date: 2002

Off Shears is the result of a passionate desire to ensure that the shearing industry’s place in the state’s history is recorded.

Author, June Lacy contacted shed-owners, ex-shearers,and others involved in the industry and the result is Off Shears, a book filled with photographs, reminiscences, humour and shared memories that continues to inform and delight all who read it.

The late June Lacy (formerly June Read) was in the rural industry all her adult life. She was a life member of the Dowerin Machinery Field Days, and was actively involved with the Pastoralists’ and Graziers’ Association, the Royal Agricultural Society, and a rural journalist with the ABC, The West Australian, The Countryman and the now defunct Western Farmer.

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People, Place and Power: Australia and the Asia Pacific

Title: People, Place and Power: Australia and the Asia Pacific
Edited by:
Dawn Bennett, Jaya Earnest and Miyume Tanji
ISBN: 9780980631302
Publication date: 2009

This publication represents interdisciplinary work from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Australia, Asia and Pacific (CASAAP) at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. It is edited by three Curtin University academics: Dawn Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow with the Faculty of Humanities, where she conducts research into creativity in its many guises. Jaya Earnest is an Associate Professor with the Centre of International Health, and is involved with research projects in Australia, India and East Timor. Miyume Tanji is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Human Rights Education. Her research focuses on communities living with US military bases in Okinawa and Guam.

This publication first focuses on cultural identities and reflects investigations on the historical and contemporary bases and consequences of identity formation in relation to, inter alia, ethnicity, gender, nation and class. The second section of the book probes the depths of radical and regional transformation resulting from reform, innovation or policy across nations, societies and cultures of Asia and the Pacific. Finally, the book explores different trajectories of international relations, which are manifested through issues of regional security, terrorism, refugees, and immigration, social and political movements.

CONTENTS

  • People, place and power, Dawn Bennett, Jaya Earnest and Miyume Tanji.
  • Changing landscapes of war commemoration in Western Australia, John Stephens.
  • Remembering and forgetting ANZAC Cottage: Interpreting the community significance of Australian War Memorials since World War One, Graham Seal.
  • Creativity and ‘new’ careers: What can we learn from the creative industries? Dawn Bennett.
  • The dynamics of wakon yosai (Japanese spirit, Western technology): The paradoxes and challenges of financial policy in an industrializing Japan, 1854-1939. Simon Bytheway and Michael Schiltz.
  • Intersecting Islamic and ethnic identities in Kalimantan, Indonesia, Ian Chalmers.
  • India: In search of a nation and its other histories, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay.
  • India: In search of a nation and its other histories, Sekhar Bandyopadhyay.
  • Community resilience and sustainable development in Okinawa: Yomitan village’s traumatic trajectory of war and military occupation, Miyume Tanji.
  • Local resilience: Living with risk in vulnerable internally displaced communities in Timor-Leste, Jaya Earnest and Pat Faulkner.
  • The empire strikes back: Refugees, race and the reinvention of empire, Lucy Fiske and Linda Briskman.
  • Academic activism for political change: Opposing mandatory detention of asylum seekers, Linda Briskman.
  • Working through trauma in post-dictatorial Chilean documentary: Lorena Giachino’s Reinalda del Carmen, Antonio Traverso.

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Place and People: New dimensions in regional research

Title: Place and People: New dimensions in regional research
Authors:
Stephen Smith and Graham Seal.
ISBN: 9780975751930
Publication date: 2007

Drawing on history, heritage, regional community traditions and sense of place, Place and People presents a number of new approaches to regional research. The book provides an overview, guide and case studies that will be of value to researchers and practitioners in regional development, cultural tourism and heritage studies in Australia and beyond.

Stephen Smith is a former teacher and researcher in the Faculty of Built Environment and Design and Director of the Australian Regional Research Unit at Curtin University.

Graham Seal is Director of the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute at Curtin University.

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Schoolship Kids of the Blue Funnel Line: Western Australian Service

Title: Schoolship Kids of the Blue Funnel Line: Western Australian Service
Author:
Juliet Ludbrook
ISBN: 186342735X
Publication date: 1999

Chapters: Arriving in Australia; Holidays Begin; Together Again; Ruddy Sheep; Prostitutes, Politics and Heathens; Steamships to Motor Vessels; Oil and Water; Larrikins at Sea; Rock Around the Deck; Food; Permitted to Land; Favourite Places; Where to School?; War; The Fall of Singapore; We Had a Secret; Back to School; Spoilt Colonial Brats.

Author, Juliet Ludbrook first came to Western Australia, as a nine-year-old, from England (via Indonesia) in 1950. She lived with her grandparents and travelled on the Schoolships to visit her parents at Christmas time. She has worked as a teacher, librarian, researcher, writer and oral historian.

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The Globalised University: Trends and challenges in teaching and learning

Title: The Globalised University: Trends and challenges in teaching and learning
Edited by:
Shelleyann Scott and Kathryn C Dixon
ISBN: 9780975751954
Publication date: 2008

The Globalised University: Trends and Challenges in Teaching and Learning is essential reading for academics, educators and students who are focussing upon the changing nature of the university sector as it moves further into a new era.

Chapter 1 – The Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century: Developments and Trends. Shelleyann Scott and Kathryn Dixon (University of Calgary, Curtin University of Technology)

Chapter 2 – Institutional Support for Quality Learning and Teaching Barbara de la Harpe and Alex Radloff (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Central Queensland University)

Chapter 3 – Faculty Perceptions of Learning and Teaching at an Australian Technology University: Challenges in Maintaining Quality. Kathryn Dixon and Shelleyann Scott

Chapter 4 – Technology in the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Context. Linda Price and Adrian Kirkwood (The Open University of the United Kingdom)

Chapter 5 – Teaching and Learning at a Middle Eastern University: Scholarship, Constructivism, Educative Leadership and Autocracy. Reynold Macpherson (Middle Eastern University)

Chapter 6 – Investigating the Tensions Between Good Teaching and the Research Agenda: An American Perspective. Sarah W. Nelson(Texas State University)

Chapter 7 – Leadership That Supports Positive Educational Change. Charles F. Webber (University of Calgary)
ISBN 9780975751954(pbk.)

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The Hidden Culture: Folklore in Australian society

Title: The Hidden Culture: Folklore in Australian society
Author:
Graham Seal, Professor of Folklore, Curtin University
ISBN: 186 342 6671
Publication date: 1998 (second edition)

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why you sing ‘Happy Birthday’ when someone is celebrating the aniversary of their birth?
  • Why are some birthdays more important than others – 18th or 21st birthdays for example?
  • Why do most occupations have their own jargon and insider lingo?
  • What do graffiti, yarns, ‘Di’ or Dingo jokes, children’s games & photocopies drawings/jokes/fake memos have in common?
  • Answer: they are all forms of folklore.

In The Hidden Culture Graham Seal discusses the importance of folklore and gives examples of what folklore means and how it is used in everyday life. Folklore is a ‘hidden culture’ because although it is all around us all the time, we generally take it for granted. This book reveals this culture and explains its significance for us all.

The Hidden Culture is also a valuable reference guide to those interested in preserving Austalia’s Folklore with a ‘how-to’ section on recording and maintaining data.

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The Importance and Care of Western Australian War Memorials: Remembering the wars

Title: The Importance and Care of Western Australian War Memorials: Remembering the wars
Author:
John Stephens.
ISBN: 9780975751992
Publication date: 2008

War memorials are an important part of our landscape, history and heritage. They are physical reminders of the service and sacrifice of men and woman in times of war and in helping to maintain world peace and stability. Whether war memorials are old or new they help us to understand who we are as a nation and what Australian cultural values we may chose to project to the world at large. They are the focus of sorrow and grief for those that suffered and died, as much as frustration and anger at the waste and futility of wars. As such, they deserve our respect as significant Australian heritage. This book explains the history and place of war memorials in Western Australia and provides guidance for their research and protection.

The Remembering the Wars project at Curtin University of Technology aims to raise awareness of the importance of war memorials in Western Australia and promote their protection and care. The project is supported by the returned and Services League of Australia WA Branch Inc., The Australian Research Council and Curtin University.

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The Truth is Out There

Title: The Truth is Out There
Editors:
Julie Lunn and Stephanie Bizjak
ISBN: 978-0-9875670-5-5 (pbk)
Dimensions: 240mm x 164 mm x 10mm (191 B5 pages)
Publication date: 2014

This edited collection is based on the research of postgraduate students embracing history, literature, languages, social sciences, design and creative arts, architecture and planning, education, journalism and construction management.

Consistent with the theme, The Truth is Out There, the chapters focus on a diverse range of public and private truths including protestors and the authorities in 1930s street disturbances, 15th century manuscripts, the connections between moon landings and a colourful 2nd century manuscript, the spiritual bases of sustainability, the threads in short stories and the minds of migrants, the longing of South Sudanese youth to return home, the separations created by the Digital Divide and the Great Depression, and the world of bondage and discipline. They also highlight the gaps between readers’ and writers’ imaginations and the printed – or electronic – page, student performance and the educational system, and the operation of migrant and minority subcultures within wider society. Together these contributions provide a stimulating and thought provoking selection of high quality postgraduate research.

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Tu Rait Meit: Phonetic transcription for Australians

Title: Tu Rait Meit: Phonetic transcription for Australians
Author:
Neville Saunders
ISBN: 97809 8756 7000 (pbk)
Publication date: 2013 (4th edn)

The book and accompanying exercises on the CD-ROM were prepared for Speech Pathology students and for those Australians involved in teaching second languages, including ESL in an Australian setting, where awareness of the phonological differences in languages is an important part of the training.

The course provides an excellent introduction to phonetic transcription for Speech Pathologists, ESL and LOTE teachers, and those interested in the uniqueness of Australian English.

The IPA (International Phonetics Association) Alphabet is used, and the symbols are those found in the Australian English Dictionaries. The PC compatible CD Rom contains explanations and a variety of transcription exercises using Australian English speakers.

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Unity is Strength: A history of the Australian Labor Party and the Trades and Labor Council in Western Australia

Title: Unity is Strength: A history of the Australian Labor Party and the Trades and Labor Council in Western Australia
Author:
Bobbie Oliver
ISBN: 1-920845-01-1 (hardbk) and 1-902845-00-3 (pbk)
Publication date: 2003

In April 1899, 28 men met in Coolgardie on the Eastern Goldfields to hold Western Australia’s first Trades Union Council. It was the genesis of an organised labour movement that, by 1907 was to span the vast State. For 60 years the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia was unique, comprising political and industrial wings in one united body, thus exemplifying the motto, Unity is Strength. Changing circumstances, including the Party split in the 1950s, however, revealed the need structure and an independent Trades and Labor Council formed in 1963.

During the ALP’s first century, Labor governments held in office in the State for a total of 45 years, leaving an impressive record of social and political reform despite always having to contend with a non-Labor majority in the Legislative. Interwoven with the stories of Premiers, Party and union leaders, however, this Centenary History of the Australian Labor Party (WA), Bobbie Oliver includes the contributions of bush organisers and party workers.

Drawing on a vast body of archival material, Dr Oliver relates the slow and often unseen progress of women and minority groups in achieving influence in the Party or the industrial organization. Together with the well publicized struggles – and triumphs – of the twentieth century including: the 40-hour week, the right of free speech and assembly, health and safety in the workplace, an equitable voting system, are Party splits over conscription in 1916 and in the 1950s creating the Democratic Labor Party; the rise of factionalism, disputes between the Party and the TLC, and ‘WA Inc’.

In the late 1990s, in the context of hostile ‘Third Wave’ industrial legislation and the ‘War on the Wharves’, the ALP and the Trades and Labor Council found new truth in the old motto, Unity is Strength.

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A Proper Foundation 1932–2008: A history of the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia

Title: A Proper Foundation 1932–2008: A history of the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia
Author:
Sian Supski
ISBN: 9780980631319 (pbk.)
Publication date: 2009

A Proper Foundation tells the story of the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, now known under its trading name, Lotterywest. It is a multi-layered story that not only examines the importance of the Commission as a government agency which runs a highly successful lottery business, it also tells the story of the cultural and social life of Western Australia for most of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

Author, Sian Supski is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University. She has published a book and a number of scholarly articles on cultural and social life in Western Australia in the twentieth century.

To download this publication, visit the Lotterywest website