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The Beginning Of The Sea Story Of Australia 1901   By: (1855-1913)

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In "The Beginning Of The Sea Story Of Australia 1901," Louis Becke presents a captivating account of Australia's early days, masterfully combining historical facts with vivid storytelling. With impeccable research and a skillful narrative, Becke meticulously transports readers to the dawn of a new era in Australia's maritime history. Through his richly detailed descriptions and atmospheric prose, Becke recreates the spirit of adventure that permeated the land during this transformative period. The author's deep understanding of Australia's intricate relationship with the sea shines through every page, taking readers on a captivating journey through the vast expanse of the country's coastlines and treacherous waterways. One of the remarkable aspects of Becke's work is the way he intertwines the personal stories of individual seafarers with the wider historical context. By following the lives of a diverse cast of characters, from seasoned sailors to ambitious entrepreneurs, the reader gains a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and triumphs that shaped Australia's identity as a maritime nation. Furthermore, Becke astutely highlights the pivotal events that occurred in 1901, a year crucial to the development of Australia as an independent federation. By skillfully weaving together political and social upheavals with maritime exploits, the author provides an insightful exploration of how Australia's destiny was inexorably entwined with the sea. One of the most commendable aspects of Becke's writing is his ability to depict the natural beauty and harsh realities of Australia's coastal landscapes. From the majestic Great Barrier Reef to the treacherous waters surrounding Cape Horn, the author's descriptions evoke a strong sense of place, transporting the reader right into the heart of these awe-inspiring locales. While the book's title may give the impression that it is solely focused on maritime history, Becke offers a panoramic view of Australia's broader historical landscape. He skillfully incorporates themes such as colonization, exploration, and indigenous culture, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the country's past. "The Beginning Of The Sea Story Of Australia 1901" stands as a testament to Louis Becke's meticulous research, comprehensive understanding of history, and engaging storytelling. With its immersive narrative and well-rounded characters, this book is a captivating read for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a riveting adventure set against the backdrop of Australia's vast coastline.

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THE BEGINNING OF THE SEA STORY OF AUSTRALIA

From "The Tapu Of Banderah and Other Stories"

By Louis Becke

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.

1901

To many people in England the mention of Australia conjures pictures of tented gold fields and tall, black bearded, red shirted bushrangers; of mounted police recruited from "flaxen haired younger sons of good old English families, well groomed and typically Anglo Saxon"; of squatters and sheep runs; of buckjumpers ridden by the most daring riders in the world; and of much more to the same purpose; but never is presented a picture of the sea or sailor folk.

Yet the first half century of Australian history is all to do with the ocean. The British sailor laid the foundation of the Australian nation, and, in the beginning, more than any other class, the sailorman did the colonising and did it well. This, however, is the story of most British possessions, and generally it is gratefully remembered and the sailor duly credited and kindly thought of for his work. But in these days the dry west wind from the back blocks seems to have blown the taste of brine and the sound of the seethe of the curling "white horse" out of the mind of the native born Australian; and the sailing day of a mail boat is the only thing that the average colonial knows or cares to know about salt water... Continue reading book >>




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