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Land of vision and mirage: Western Australia since 1826

Bolton, G.C. (2008) Land of vision and mirage: Western Australia since 1826. UWA Press, Crawley, Western Australia.


Lauded historian Geoffrey Bolton vividly narrates this long-awaited short history of Western Australia, covering the social, cultural, political and economic development of the most geographically isolated area in the world. Land of Vision and Mirage delves into the moments, from 1826 through to the present day, that changed Western Australia and led to its unprecedented growth.

The evolution of popular WA institutions, such as BankWest, the Royal Automotive Club, the University of Western Australia and the West Coast Eagles all make for an interesting read, as do Bolton’s insights on the current mining boom and the emergence of western entrepreneurship.

While being both informative and analytical, Bolton’s wry observations about Western Australia’s unique history will stimulate public debate.

Item Type: Book
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Vice Chancellery
Publisher: UWA Press
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