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'This is a fine, invaluable book. Its topic is one of the many forgotten stories of the sporting accomplishments of Australian Aboriginal people – in this instance a cricket team made up of Noongar (Nyoongah) men from the Benedictine Mission of New Norcia, Western Australia who played so well in the early 1880s that they became known as ‘the Invincibles’. Bob Reece provides an account that is at once careful, lucid and beguiling as he traces the rise and fall of the New Norcia team from 1879 to their final games in 1906. Reece’s focus is on their remarkable success against what were previously deemed the best cricket teams in the colony of West Australia – the Metropolitan Cricket Club of Perth, and sides representing Fremantle and the township of York. Many games are described in detail, with separate chapters devoted to the key seasons when the Noongar men played the finest cricket in the colony.'  (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Australian Historical Studies vol. 48 no. 2 2017 12011745 2017 periodical issue

    'This issue of Australian Historical Studies opens with two articles that discuss the state of economic history in Australia. In their important overview, Simon Ville and Claire Wright argue that following ‘years in the wilderness, economic history is back in fashion’. Australian universities after World War II established separate departments of economic history, with the discipline serving to connect the social sciences and humanities. But over time, a rift occurred. As economic historians sought greater intellectual integration with mainstream economics, the ‘cultural turn’ took Australian historians in other directions. The closure of university economic history units in the 1990s and the impact of global economic events have, however, led to a revival of economic history. Ville and Wright trace these developments, and show how millennium economic history derives its strength through an interdisciplinary approach, including engagement with the digital humanities and the use of big data. Their prognosis for the future of economic history in Australia is optimistic.'  (Editorial introduction)

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