The Explorers: Stories of Discovery and Adventure from the Australian Frontier

The Explorers: Stories of Discovery and Adventure from the Australian Frontier

The Explorers Stories of Discovery and Adventure from the Australian Frontier A lively collection of extraordinary stories of adventure and discovery The Explorers tells the epic saga of the conquest and settlement of Australia Editor Tim Flannery selects sixty seven accounts

  • Title: The Explorers: Stories of Discovery and Adventure from the Australian Frontier
  • Author: Tim Flannery
  • ISBN: 9780802137197
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • A lively collection of extraordinary stories of adventure and discovery, The Explorers tells the epic saga of the conquest and settlement of Australia Editor Tim Flannery selects sixty seven accounts that convey the sense of wonder and discovery, along with the human dimensions of struggle and deprivation, which occurred in the exploration of the last continent to be fullA lively collection of extraordinary stories of adventure and discovery, The Explorers tells the epic saga of the conquest and settlement of Australia Editor Tim Flannery selects sixty seven accounts that convey the sense of wonder and discovery, along with the human dimensions of struggle and deprivation, which occurred in the exploration of the last continent to be fully mapped by Europeans Beginning with the story of Dutch captain Willem Janz s 1606 expedition at Cape York the bloody outcome of which would sadly foreshadow future relations between colonists and Aboriginal peoples and running through Robyn Davidson s 1977 camelback ride through the desolate Outback deserts, The Explorers bristles with the enterprise that Flannery explains as heroic, for nowhere else did explorers face such an obdurate country.

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    Hard to rate this book as a work of the author because of course Tim Flannery only compiled a raft of extracts from the diaries of various early explores.While the individual extracts are interesting enough in their own right, when compiled, a sameness comes over them as to render continued reading more of a chore than an enjoyment.Not my favourite i'm afraid.

    Unfortunately lost my copy of the book. Am listing it as read, unlikely to recover it! Was going good up until that moment though, was enjoying the excerpts.

    This is a collection of fascinating accounts written by early European explorers, beginning with the Dutch in 1604 and going through to 1977. It details their early encounters with the Aborigines, when the English gave them presents of tomahawks and handkerchiefs and the Aborigines willingly became their guides and helped them find water on their explorations inland.There are chilling stories of men becoming weakened in the desert (and sometimes dying) while searching for days on end to find wat [...]

    Tim Flannery is an excellent writer, but this book is simply a collection of passages (with his editorial comments) from ships' logs and personal journals. Many of these tell of encounters - some good, many hostile - between the aborigines and the European explorers. My criticism is that Flannery has tried to do too much, using brief excerpts that tell woefully incomplete stories. It would have been more effective to choose a few early explorers and tell a more thorough story, and thus give the [...]

    I did not finish this but wish I had. I liked the idea of examining the history of Australian exploration from diverse viewpoints, and in fact through the explorers' own writings. I admire the explorers who made daily entries in their journals despite arduous travel in what were often torturous conditions. I was moved by the haunting nature of some entries--really the sense of encountering mysterious lands and people. Also memorable were the descriptions of wild, natural Australia. Not all of it [...]

    An interesting collection of excerpts from European explorer of Australia. It is a great introduction to some important players in the history of Australia. Now that libraries and museums around the world are scanning source documents, this is a useful list of references for anyone wanting to learn more about history to start their exploration.

    The white explorers who tried to conquer inland Australia were mostly awful and died a lot, the end. The stories are infuriatingly repetitive and are often pretty grim, although you have to (albeit rather dubiously) admire the relentless stupidity of those involved. I guess.

    This was an excellent book to read to get a view of what the early explorers encountered as they set out to explore Australia. It was a bit labourious at times, as many of them had similar experiences, nevertheless, it was worth the read.

    Very informative, if dry at times. Book is compiled of actual accounts of exploration spanning over three centuries. All accounts told from the perspectives of explorers.

    Very nice book about the most important explorers of Australia. Chronological order of exploration. Great intoduction to Aborigens and history of Australia.

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