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Issue Details: First known date: 1958... 1958 The Australian Legend
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'In this classic piece of Australian literary heritage, Russell Ward looks at the ideals, traits and behaviours Australians think as typical of themselves. His now famous, penetrating analysis of nineteenth century Australian history shows how the characteristically Australian traits first found expression in the frontier life of the nomad pastoral workers of the outback, eventually pervading Australian literature and life in general. Ward has drawn on both English and American literature, documents and statistics, journals and papers and perhaps most vividly of all, on Australian folk-songs and ballads for his account. First published in 1958, this important literary work is now available in a striking new jacket for a further generation of Australian readers.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Oxford University Press , 1958 .
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      Extent: x, 262p., [9]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography: p.243-255
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Oxford University Press , 1966 .
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      Extent: viii, 283p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography: p.262-275
      ISBN: 0195502868
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Oxford University Press , 1978 .
      Extent: 336p.
      Edition info: New illustrated ed.
      Description: illus.(part col.), facsims.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index and bibliography: p.[321]-329
      ISBN: 0195505514

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y separately published work icon Northern Dreams : The Politics of Northern Development in Australia Lyndon Megarrity , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2018 14049080 2018 multi chapter work criticism

'Northern Australia is rediscovered by each new generation of Australian politicians. Dams, mines, large transport projects, a food bowl for Asia and many other projects are promised and sometimes delivered, but then the political momentum fades away and the focus of attention turns to other issues. What is often missing in discussion is the region’s long history of nation-building initiatives and proposals, stretching back to 1901. Without this knowledge we are likely to repeat the mistakes of the past.

'Northern Dreams brings to life the passionate arguments about Northern Australia’s national significance and analyses the political debates that have periodically drawn the public’s attention northwards. It also highlights the role that Australian politicians such as Gough Whitlam, Ben Chifley, Robert Menzies and Bob Hawke played in shaping northern development policies to suit their times. Northern Dreams is the definitive history of the politics of northern development in Australia.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Books That Changed Me : Warren Fahey Warren Fahey , 2015 single work
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 9 August 2015; (p. 16)
The Russel Ward Case : Academic Freedom in Australia during the Cold War Hannah Forsyth , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: History Australia , December vol. 11 no. 3 2014; (p. 31-52)
'Until recently, historians assumed that the 1956 'Ward case', in which the historian Russel Ward was denied a lectureship at the New South Wales University of Technology (now the University of New South Wales), was an example of Cold War political repression in Australian universities. When this orthodoxy was challenged in the conservative journal Quadrant in 2004, the incident was brought to the edges of Australia's 'History Wars'. While it sheds some light on the Cold War intellectual environment, the significance of the case is also derived from its place in this more recent debate, and is boosted by Ward's status as author of the classic text, The Australian Legend (1958). This article draws on previously unexamined records to evaluate the evidence surrounding Ward's failed appointment.' (Publication abstract)
The Settler Evolution : Space, Place and Memory in Early Colonial Australia Grace Karskens , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;

'Ideas and expectations about colonial space and the making and remaking of real places lie at the heart of the early Australian colonies. Over the past forty years, and especially in the last decade, scholars have recovered much of that lost world, a world of polyglot diversity, constant movement, economic social and cultural expansion, cross-cultural encounters, relationships and appropriations, extraordinary adaptations, myriad connections and overlaid human geographies.

'Yet in the later nineteenth century, the colonies were also profoundly shaped by discontinuities in memory, place and experience, as wave upon wave of new arrivals started new lives literally unaware of what had happened earlier, or how these places had come to be. The success of later settlers was built upon those earlier foundations, and yet false assumptions about ‘gaol colonies’ and ‘savages’, twinned with assertions of legitimate occupancy and entitlement, easily captured the narrative as well as the literal ground, and are still widespread in Australian historiography, popular history and heritage today.' (Author's abstract)

Six Pack : Volume One of A History of Australia is Published Mark McKenna , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 240-246)
Untitled R.B.C. , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Melbourne University Magazine 1956; (p. 61-62)

— Review of The Australian Legend Russel Ward , 1958 multi chapter work criticism
Convicts and Bushmen 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 January vol. 79 no. 4117 1959; (p. 2)

— Review of The Australian Legend Russel Ward , 1958 multi chapter work criticism
Social Influences on Literature R. W. Smith , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 2 1959; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Australian Legend Russel Ward , 1958 multi chapter work criticism
[Review] : The Australian Legend Desmond O'Grady , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , Winter vol. 3 no. 3 1959; (p. 85-86)

— Review of The Australian Legend Russel Ward , 1958 multi chapter work criticism
Untitled Sidney J. Baker , 1959 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 January 1959; (p. 11)

— Review of The Australian Legend Russel Ward , 1958 multi chapter work criticism
Mate, You're a Legend Tony Stephens , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 May 2003; (p. 4-5)
Great Cultural Thesis on Fair Dinkum Aussie Gia Metherell , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 30 April 2006; (p. 14)
The Australian Legend : Fifty Years On Baron Alder , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , September vol. 52 no. 9 2008; (p. 78-80)
Palmer and Ward on the Gold Rush Kay Schaffer , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Women and the Bush : Forces of Desire in the Australian Cultural Tradition 1988; (p. 95-98)
Legendary Australians The Legend and the Legacy Tom Sigley , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008;

Awards

1958-1959 joint winner Ernest Scott Prize Shared with Dr Keith Sinclair author of A History of New Zealand
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