Australia’s coming to be Australia is a gory and peculiar tale and it has never been told with more wit and sarcasm as by David Hunt.
Hunt gives the history and the timeline of Terra Australis and beefs it out with all its eccentricities, all the mistakes, mocking and jesting all the while.
His introduction alone is enough to capture a reader – the definition of girt. What is girt? And why does an arcane word describe Australia so aptly?
He explores the many attempts to “discover” Australia, “the unoriginal non-inhabitants”, Captain Cook, Macquarie, convicts, whores, rum, and ridiculousness.
A book to heartily enjoy and snigger at; Australian wit at its best.
Memorable quote: “Well, that’s the Aborigines and foreigners out of the way. Thank God for that. Now we can get back to some real Australian history: jolly convicts, villainous governors, rum, squatting with sheet, rum, gold diggers and other token women, geographically and nutritionally challenged explorers, rum, plucky Irish outlaws in scrap-metal couture, stump-jump ploughs and Coolgardie safes (stocked with rum).
Published by Black Inc, 2013.