East Coast Country

Alan Frost
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East Coast Country

Subjects

History

Published

18 October 2016

ISBN

9780522865318

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6.8MB

Subjects

History

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

East Coast Country

Alan Frost
North Queensland's landscape, history and culture are interwoven to create a rich mythology of place unique in Australian writing.
East Coast Country beautifully evokes the landscape, history and culture of the sugarcane region of Queensland, the adjacent islands and the Great Barrier Reef, showing the region's distinctiveness within Australia.

Alan Frost's beguiling writing is founded on a detailed knowledge of North Queensland history. In East Coast Country, geographical, botanical, geological and historical insights, as well as family memory and personal remembrance, are woven into a compelling and fascinating reflection. Recurring motifs connect each part of the whole; among these are Captain Cook's 1770 voyage up the eastern coast, which brought the region to European consciousness for the first time, and the author's journeys outwards as a child and his periodic returns as an adult.

Through this sensitive and multilayered text, Alan Frost succeeds in creating a mythology of place in a way that is unique in Australian writing.
East Coast Country beautifully evokes the landscape, history and culture of the sugarcane region of Queensland, the adjacent islands and the Great Barrier Reef, showing the region's distinctiveness within Australia.

Alan Frost's beguiling writing is founded on a detailed knowledge of North Queensland history. In East Coast Country, geographical, botanical, geological and historical insights, as well as family memory and personal remembrance, are woven into a compelling and fascinating reflection. Recurring motifs connect each part of the whole; among these are Captain Cook's 1770 voyage up the eastern coast, which brought the region to European consciousness for the first time, and the author's journeys outwards as a child and his periodic returns as an adult.

Through this sensitive and multilayered text, Alan Frost succeeds in creating a mythology of place in a way that is unique in Australian writing.

Alan Frost

Alan Frost held a Personal Chair in History at La Trobe University until his retirement in 2008. His writings about our early colonial history include Convicts and Empire (1980); Arthur Phillip, 1738–1814: His Voyaging (1987); ‘A Place of Exile’, in Journeys into History (1990); The Global Reach of Empire (2003); Botany Bay: The Real Story (2011); The First Fleet: The Real Story (2011). In 1996 he published East Coast Country: A North Queensland Dreaming.

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