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'My first impression of this book, by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver, was that it is a visual delight. At a time when authors have to plead—and pay—for every image, the Miegunyah Press, funded by a legacy from Russell and Mab Grimwade, is keeping alive the art of book design and illustration. Under the hand of designer Patrick Cannon, almost 40 images—resplendent in their original colours—adorn the pages. But this beauty belies the subject matter. A close examination of the painting on the cover, J. A. Turner's The Last Leap (1873), reveals a kangaroo with a spear in its back being harried by a trio of greyhound-like dogs. This image captures the moment before death, signalling the book's theme of how the bloody business of kangaroo hunting was represented during Australia's colonial period and why it matters.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Journal of Australian Studies vol. 45 no. 3 2021 22926791 2021 periodical issue

    'This issue of the Journal of Australian Studies leads us towards a rich mix of contested, forgotten or untold histories across 19th- and 20th-century Australia. A range of cultural artefacts is central to these histories, from rock art to infant clothing to fences and bollards, as are material practices and labour, both free and unfree. Such a sweep of stories, agents and forces in history reminds us that our understanding of “Australia” is always assembling, and humanities scholars play a critical part in this.' (Emily Potter & Brigid Magner, Assembling Australia: Histories, Materials and Labours, Editorial introduction)

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