Greed, Innovation, Daring and Wealth
By (author) Jill Blee
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Gold by Jill Blee
Book DescriptionThe lustre which drew mankind to gold in ancient times has made it the most prized commodity throughout time. Wars have been fought over it, and civilisations have been subjugated and enslaved in the rush to control its sources. In places like Australia, though, the mere possibility of its existence was feared while the country remained a penal colony. Once found though the rush could not be contained. Gold financed great building, paved roads and made Melbourne the most exciting and expensive city in the world for a time. It was stockpiled in banks, and the currencies of nations were valued against it until the twentieth century wars and the Great Depression brought an end to its use as a standard. Its importance as a measure of individual prestige has continues unabated driving prospectors and miners to search for new deposits and to find better means of extracting it from old mines. This book is part of Exisle Publishing's Little Red Books series. Every title in the Little Red Books series provides an overview of key events, people or places in Australian history. They cover the essentials, bringing the reader up to speed on the most important, fascinating or intriguing facts. Appealing to everyone from students to pensioners who've always wanted to "know a bit about that", they're an essential part of every Australian bookshelf.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781877437038
(187mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Exisle Publishing
Publisher: Exisle Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Jill Blee
Aviation in Australia, Hardback (October 2007)
Every title in the Little Red Books series provides an overview of key events, people or places in Australian history. They cover the essentials, bringing the reader up to speed on the most important and fascinating facts. Aviation in Australia tells the story of young men like Charles Kingsford Smith; the founding of Qantas and much more.
From the Murray to the Sea, Hardback (June 2004)
Published to celebrate the one hundred & fiftieth anniversary of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Ballarat, this books presents the history of the Catholic education system in the Diocese from early settlement to the present day. This history is based on a vast array of research material.
Liberator's Birthday, Paperback (January 2002)
Ballarat, 1875, and the Irish Catholic community is celebrating the centenary of the birth of Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator. And in his father's pub, the young Tommy Farrell is breaking free of the bonds of his youth to claim his own liberation - freedom to believe, freedom to grow and freedom to love.
Brigid, Paperback (January 1999)» View all books by Jill Blee
At once a travel story and an historical novel set in modern Ireland, where Jill's first visit is hijacked by the very real presence of her long-dead great-aunt, Brigid. As Brigid leads her journey of discovery, Jill is brought into a much deeper experience of the Irish famine than her history books could ever give her.
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Author Biography - Jill Blee
Jill Blee is the author of novels and histories, including three titles in Exisle's well-respected Little Red Books series. Jill Blee is a past chairperson of Ballarat Writers and a board member of the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute and the Victorian Writers' Centre. Before returning to Victoria in 1999 she was actively involved for many years in the activities of the New South Wales Writing Centre and the New South Wales Ice Skating Association.
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