Bill Hunter’s a real bloke, a proud Australian and a great mate. He’s put together a small encyclopedia of everything that’s important to know about Australia, from the explorers who found it to the politicians who are bent on giving it away.
Bill Hunter’s Thousands of Great Australian Facts has all the facts you’ll ever need to win a blue over who did what, where they did it and who copped the fine for it.
The book sums us up well, containing as it does the good and the bad, the heroes and the deadbeats, as well as all the people who forged through the bush and created somewhere to live for the rest of us.
It’s about the size and shape of Australia and the people who live here. It’s got all the great inventions Australians have given the world – from the black box flight recorder to the Hills Hoist – all our great sports heroes and those who have won Nobel Prizes. There’s a complete list of bushrangers, great crimes, great criminals and winners and losers from all walks of life. He’s even listed all the Royal Commissions we’ve ever held and there’s a complete copy of the Riot Act so you can read it to your own kids.
Next time someone asks you how much coastline Australia has the answer will be simple – check it out. When your kids want to know what an illy-whacker is, do what you normally do – tell them to look it up.
Reading through Bill’s book will tell you all about our history and a lot about our future. But best of all it will shut up all those bloody dinner party know-it-alls who think they know everything.
Thanks for that, Bill.
Softcover, 262 pages. In excellent pre-loved condition with the exception of a handwritten inscription on the first page.