A History of Australia: From the Earliest Times to the Age of Macquarie

A History of Australia: From the Earliest Times to the Age of Macquarie

A History of Australia: From the Earliest Times to the Age of Macquarie

A History of Australia: From the Earliest Times to the Age of Macquarie

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Some of the material used in the early sections of this book was collected in the Museum in Djakarta, the library of the University of Malaya in Singapore, and the National Archives in Delhi during a trip which was made possible by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. I would like to thank the Rockefeller Foundation for making that possible. Some of it was collected in the Public Record Office and the British Museum in London, the Public Library in Dublin, and the Archives in the Hague, and I would like to thank the librarians and archivists of those institutions for their help. Some of it was collected at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, the State Library of Victoria, and the library of the Royal Society in Hobart ,to all of which I owe a great debt. Most of the material was collected in the National Library in Canberra, from the great collection gathered by the librarian, H. L. White, and made available by his courteous and helpful staff. In particular I would like to thank Mrs Fanning and Miss Patricia Tiernan. I would also like to thank Jennifer Ratcliffe for typing the manuscript, and H. E. Gunther, of the Australian National University, for drawing the maps. There are also debts to Keith Hancock and Gavin Long, who taught me how to begin, and to Kurt Baier, Don Baker, Asa Briggs, David Campbell, Geoffrey Fairbaim, Bruce Grant, Ruth Knight, James McAuley and Michael Roe, who read drafts or talked on what it is all about. There is a very special debt to those students in Melbourne whom it was my great good fortune to teach in the years after the war. In their company one felt it might be possible to tackle the mighty theme of the coming of European civilization to Australia.

M. C.

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