First edition 1976. Updated 1981.
Ill. on lining papers.
The primary purpose of this book is to explore the role of the reporter as a witness to history. A second purpose has been to discuss along the way the history of Australian journalism itself, and some of the characters who have decorated it. They have included some of our finest authors.
With a freshness that fascinates, this covers the significant events of our nation's past... from the deeds of Captain James Cook and Captain Arthur Phillip to those of another sailor, John Bertrand, some 200 years later. Along the way the work of some of Australia's most distinguished writer-reporters - like 'Banjo' Patterson, 'Chinese' Morrison, Alan Moorehead, Kenneth Slessor, Richard Hughes and many more is presented. The result is a work that is comprehensive, authoritative, different - and very readable.