Contents: Pioneers built with their own ingenuity and materials on hand p1. Old Government House at Parramatta: John Watts p4. Road over the Blue Mountains: William Cox p6. Francis Greenway p8. David Lennox built bridges in Sydney and Melbourne p11. Victoria's builders adapted local bluestone p14. Colonel William Light fought the Governor over the site of Adelaide p19. George Barney used sandstone from the Argyle Cut to build semi-Circular Quay p23. Dom Salvado built New Norcia in the Western Australian wilderness p25. John Whitton fought Governors to maintain the standards of the New South Wales railways p29. Nineteenth century builders used cast iron lace freely p33. William Wardell designed the cathedrals for Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart p36. Cousin Jacks built in Cornish style in South Australia's copper towns p39. Joseph Best had out-of-work miners dig champagne cellars at Victoria's Great Western p43. Quarrelsome Joseph Reed gave Melbourne some fine public buildings p45. Charles Todd fought time, floods and white ants while building the Overland Telegraph p46. Fences across a continent (rabbit-proof fence) p51. Sir John Coode gave Melbourne a new, efficient harbour p52. 'Yankee adventurers' took first steps to build Sunraysia and Riverland (Chaffey Brothers) p55. Edmund Fitzgibbon campaigned for Melbourne's sewerage system p58. Critics drove Eastern Goldfields (Western Australia) water scheme engineer to suicide (Charles Yelverton O'Connor) p61. Guillaume Delprat led moves to build Australia's steel industry p65. Cave-dwellers of Coober Pedy p69. Sir John Forrest campaigned for a railway across Australia p70. Tasmania pioneered hydro-electric power p73. Walter Burley Griffin fought and won the battle of Canberra p78. General (Sir John) Monash was happier as an engineer p81. Taming the Murray (River) p84. John Bradfield: designer of Sydney Harbour Bridge p89. Bert Jennings: man of 80,000 houses p94. Sir William Hudson put the Snowy Mountains to work p97. Comalco built the world's largest bauxite mine at Weipa p100. Linking a nation by STD (telephone) p103. Taffy Bowen: vision led to the Parkes radio telescope p106. Gladesville Bridge designers were 'mindful of aesthetics' p109. Claude Horton: team pulled submarine pipeline across Spencer Gulf p112. Whelan the Wrecker made way for the builders p115. Sydney Opera House designer left in a huff (Joern Utzon) p119. Adelaide Festival Centre: a minimum of time and fuss p124. MLC Centre tower, Sydney p127. Pipes across a continent (gas pipeline from Moomba natural gas field, South Australia to Sydney) p130. Harry Seidler: Australia's international architect p133. Standard guage (railway) comes to the Alice (Springs) p136. Mount Isa lead smelter stack is Australia's highest building p139. Twin boomerangs for Australia's new Parliament House p142..