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Australia (historical fictions)

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The Secret River
The Secret River
"Tale of the settlement of New South Wales by a population of exiled British criminals in early 19th century."
White Earth
White Earth
"Set on the plains of Queensland, Australia (Outback bush); a multi-generational saga of the struggle of white farmers to tame the land and the genocide of the native Aborigines."
True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
True History of the Kelly Gang: A Novel
"Fictionalized story of the infamous 19th century Australian bushranger/folk hero/outlaw Ned Kelly.  (See also "Our Sunshine" by Robert Drewe.)"
The Miner's Right: A Tale of the Australian Goldfileds (Dodo Press)
The Miner's Right: A Tale of the Australian Goldfileds (Dodo Press)
"Portrayals about a man who joined a gang of bushrangers, and preyed on miners during the gold rush of the 1850s.  (Author aka Thomas Alexander Browne.)"
Traveller's Luck: A Novel of Australia
Traveller's Luck: A Novel of Australia
""Action and adventure in frontier Australia based on the explosive true events of the 1890s Shearers' War (that inspired the song 'Waltzing Matilda').""
Remembering Babylon: A Novel
Remembering Babylon: A Novel
"In the mid-19th century, a marooned British cabin boy is raised by native Australian Aborigines in the Outback.  He struggles to integrate with white settlers as they appear."
Such Is Life: Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins (Dodo Press)
Such Is Life: Being Certain Extracts from the Diary of Tom Collins (Dodo Press)
"A fictional account of the life of rural dwellers, bullock drivers, squatters, and itinerant travellers, in Southern New South Wales and Victoria during the 1880s."
Cry of the Curlew
Cry of the Curlew
""Frontier" ("Bird/Duffy") historical family saga series (5+?).  Depiction of two feuding families (wealthy Scottish landowners and poor Irish labourers) in the context of Australian history."
The Exiles (Australians Series)
The Exiles (Australians Series)
"First novel in the multi-generational family saga "The Australians" series of 12.  (See also "Outback" family saga series of 6 by Aaron Fletcher.)"
Strandloper
Strandloper
"The story of William Buckley, who is transported to Australia, escapes, becomes an Aboriginal law-giver and healer, and returns to England thirty years later."
The Potato Factory
The Potato Factory
"First book in the "Australian" trilogy which tells of the development of the Australian nation.  (See also "Tommo & Hawk" and "Solomon's Song".)"
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
"Three-part novel set in the Ballarat goldfields region of Australia during the goldrush of the mid-nineteenth century.  The novels trace the rise and fall of the title character (and his family) against the backdrop of colonial expansion."
The Ballad of Desmond Kale
The Ballad of Desmond Kale
"A shrewd and tough Irish convict and renowned master in breeding sheep of fine wool, escapes his shackles at Botany Bay and sets off into the Australian wilderness to care for a flock of Merinos."
The Gentleman's Garden
The Gentleman's Garden
"In 1814 an English woman leaves her Devonshire home to accompany her officer husband to the colony of New South Wales.  She escapes the harshness of the life and landscape by cultivating an English garden with the help of her convict servant."
A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia
A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia
"Young boy's adventure story set in Australia in the days of the gold rush and early settlement, when the Bush-rangers (outlaws) and the natives constituted a formidable danger to the settlers."
Scapegallows
Scapegallows
""About Margaret Catchpole, a woman twice sentenced to hang in 18th century England, who is transported to Australia where she becomes a pioneering colonist."  (historicalnovels.info)."
Wanting: A Novel
Wanting: A Novel
"Features a young Aboriginal girl, who survives the British genocide on Van Diemen¬ís Land to be adopted during Franklin¬ís tenure by the governor and Lady Jane.  Set 19th century Tasmania."
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living: A Novel
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living: A Novel
"Literary novel set in 1930's and inspired by Australia's "Better Farming Train" that traveled around Victoria (SE Australia) during the early Depression years-teaching farmers how to conquer the soil and agriculturally win."
Hannah
Hannah
"Story of Australian colonial history early 19th century.  Features a a young convict girl who landed at Sydney Cove in 1810 who marries and raises a family in the Outback amidst much turmoil."
The Timeless Land
The Timeless Land
"Depiction of the arrival of the British in 1788, the reactions of the Aboriginal people, and the clash of cultures that followed.  First in the "Timeless Land" trilogy which also includes "Storm of Time", and "No Barrier"."
The Lambing Flat
The Lambing Flat
"Set in mid-19th century during the midst of the gold rush.  Features the daughter of a Queensland grazier, and a young Chinese immigrant who get caught up in the Lambing Flat Riots."
The Drowner
The Drowner
"Set in the 1890s, a young British engineer travels to Western Australia to help build a pipeline from the coast to the country’s gold fields."
English Passengers: A Novel
English Passengers: A Novel
""...swashbuckler about the English colonization of Tasmania in the early and mid-19th century." (Publisher's Weekly)."
For the Term of His Natural Life (Nonsuch Classics)
For the Term of His Natural Life (Nonsuch Classics)
"Fictionalization of the condition of the colonial penal system in Australia during the late 19th-century."
The gilded cage
The gilded cage
"First book of "The Melbourne Trilogy" series set at the height of the land-boom in Melbourne in 1888.  Trilogy also includes "The Burnt City", and "The Trumpeting Angel" and set years 1888 to 1901."
My Brilliant Career (Penguin Classics)
My Brilliant Career (Penguin Classics)
"Story of an imaginative, headstrong girl’s hunger for life and love in the often punishing Outback plains of New South Wales Australia in the 1890s."
Voss (Penguin Classics)
Voss (Penguin Classics)
"Set in the 19th century.  A German adventurer/explorer arrives in Australia and sets about to transverse the continent and create his own map.  He falls in love and leaves behind his sponsor's orphan niece.  Loosely based on the ill-fated expedition of Ludwig Leichhardt."
Gould's Book of Fish
Gould's Book of Fish
"Set 19th century Australia, features the misadventures of the historic Billy Gould who was a forger and thief, sentenced to life imprisonment the penal colony in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)."
Rifling Paradise
Rifling Paradise
"A Victorian 19th century Englishman who goes to Australia to gather specimens of rare wildlife.  He travels into the Outback with a brutish colonial guide and an intuitive part-Aboriginal boy."
A Prelude to Gallipoli: The Battle of Broken Hill 1915
A Prelude to Gallipoli: The Battle of Broken Hill 1915
"Fictionalized historical novel based on the bloody political incident that occurred in 1915 in a small desert town in Australia."
Beneath the Southern Cross
Beneath the Southern Cross
"Epic story of three generations in Australia, beginning with a young man transported there as a felon and continuing to modern times.  Features the founding of Sydney."
Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback
Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback
"The story of the tragic Burke-Wills trek across Australia in 1860-61."
Carpentaria: A Novel
Carpentaria: A Novel
"Novel about the life of Australia's indigenous Aboriginals; a tale of the tortured relations between blacks and whites in the sparsely populated Gulf country of NW Queensland."
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: The Classic Novel of an Aboriginal Torn Apart
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: The Classic Novel of an Aboriginal Torn Apart
"Account of the 19th century Aboriginal, Jimmie Governor; story of a black man's revenge against an unjust and intolerant society.  (See also Keneally's "River Town".)"
POOR FELLOW MY COUNTRY
POOR FELLOW MY COUNTRY
"Epic story set late 1930s and early 1940s in Northern Australia. Depicts the "tragic effects of white settlement in Australia".  Emphasis on the majesty of the land, the motif of the journey, the destruction of Aboriginal society."
Botany bay,
Botany bay,
"Colonization of Austrialia in 1788.  Primarily a sea-faring adventure story."
Dutch Point
Dutch Point
"Spans 300 years of Western Australian history beginning in 1660 with the settlement of a survivor of a Dutch shipwreck."
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International)
A Town Like Alice (Vintage International)
"Story of an Enlish woman's capture by the Japanese whilst she was living in Malaya during WWII.  Her POW experiences include surviving the brutal seven-month Death March.  An Australian soldier risks his life to help the POWs.  The two reunite years later in post-war Australia."
Cry of the Rain Bird
Cry of the Rain Bird
"Historical romance about sugar cane planters in Queensland's Trinity Bay in the 19th century."
Morgan's Run
Morgan's Run
"Epic of 18th-century England's colonization of Australia.  (See also sequel "The Touch" and other multi-generational family saga "The Thorn Birds" by McCullough.)"