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Absolute Fairyland: Heady Days in Dutton Park
The surprising history of the rise and fall of a suburban park. Over 100 years ago, the arrival of the electric tramway turned Dutton Park - a neglected riverside reserve - into what was described as 'the most picturesque and charming open-air resort in Australia'. Live performers and silent movies drew up to 5,000 people per night to the park's 'Continental' shows. By the time of the Depression, however, the park had become a shanty town of relief workers.
This book is an update of the 'Absolute Fairyland' publication from Inside History (2006).
Christopher Dawson (2020)
40 pages with illustrations and endnotes
‘Two Division’ contains the last surviving cellblocks of the larger Boggo Road prison complex that operated in Brisbane for over a century. After starting life in 1903 as a state-of-the-art prison for women, Two Division went on become one of the most notorious male prisons in Australian history before its enforced closure in 1989. This publication provides a concise, information-packed history of this prison and its people, highlighting the unique qualities that make it such an important historical site.' This book is an expanded update of the 'Last Prison Standing' publication from Inside History (2005). Christopher Dawson (2020) 64 pages, with illustrations and full endnotes RRP: $8.00 ISBN: 978-0-9873669-4-8
A primary-aged children's educational book that answers such questions as, What can headstones tell you about people? What do all those decorations on the headstones mean? How did people try to avoid being buried alive? Why do we have cemeteries anyway? Children will become cemetery experts with Graveyard Explorer . This book is an update of the 'Graveyard Explorer' publication from Inside History (2012). Christopher Dawson (2020) 44 pages, with colour illustrations and full endnotes RRP: $5.00 ISBN: 978-0-6489303-1-0
Mutineers, murderers, sheep-stealers and runaways. These are the stories of the twelve Moreton Bay convicts who were hanged in the 1820s and 1830s. Find out about the teenage pickpocket sentenced to death three times and the acrobat who became the most notorious of all New South Wales hangmen. And was convict life really so bad that men committed murder just for the 'escape' of being hanged? This book is an update of the 'Dirty Dozen' publication from Inside History (2007). Christopher Dawson (2020) 48 pages with illustrations, endnotes and bibliography RRP: $6.00 ISBN: 978-0-9873669-2-4