Australia : The Complete Encyclopedia

Australia : The Complete Encyclopedia

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Baker & Taylor
A lavishly illustrated encyclopedia of Australia provides detailed coverage of the country's geography, cities and towns, wildlife, government, indigenous history and culture, sports, history since 1788, science, economy, culture and society, the arts, and more.

Firefly Books Ltd

Australia presents the story of a land, its people and places, with a breadth of subject matter never before published in a single volume.

Australia is one of the oldest continents on Earth and its original inhabitants, the Aborigines, the most ancient continuous culture known. Its history is monumental and its culture rapidly evolving. The natural wonders of this land are recognised the world over. This book also explores what Australia has become through the sciences, politics, history, arts, media and people.

The other unique feature of this book is its detailed description of the cities and towns, spectacular national parks, wineries and tourist destinations across Australia. Place entries are keyed to the detailed road maps that cover the whole country. Coverage extends from the capital cities to the small and charming country towns; to spectacular, rugged destinations that can only be reached by 4WD; and activities such as fishing and vineyard touring.

Sections include:

The Story of Australia (248 pages)

  • Geology, climate and geography
  • Indigenous Art and Culture
  • Flora
  • History Since 1788
  • Government
  • Sports
  • Media and the Arts
  • Architecture
  • Science and Medicine
  • Fauna
  • Economy
  • Culture and Society
  • Indigenous History
Places in Australia (553 pages)
  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland
  • The Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania

This beautifully produced volume with stunning color photography and detailed cartography is for anyone who wants to know more about this amazing country, its landscape, people, culture and what to see and do when traveling there.

The CD-ROM contains all the information in the book, plus additional information on trips: for four-wheel-drives, fishing and to national parks. As well there are approximately 500 extra photos on the CD-ROM.

A single volume illustrated reference on Australia: the story of the land, its people and places. It includes the history, culture, politics, science, arts, media and detailed maps as well as descriptions of the cities, towns, and tourist attractions.

Book News
This reference explores the natural and social history of Australia, and provides an in-depth geographic study at the regional and local level. Beautifully illustrated with about 2,000 color photographs as well as hundreds of physical and political and road maps, it covers physical geography, fauna, and flora; indigenous and social history since European contact, science and technology, and the contemporary Australian population census analysis; government, economy, culture and the arts; and the physical and social geography of key cities, major regions and parklands. Also included are sidebars, graphs, charts, drawings, and timelines, and a multi-media version on CD-ROM. Oversize: 9.25x12. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Firefly, 2001
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 9781552975435
Characteristics: 921 p. ill.index. + CD-ROM ; cm
Additional Contributors: Cosgrove, Peter


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