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Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes Us Australian
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Bill Garner
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Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes Us Australian

Bill Garner


New South Books

Social & cultural history;
Cultural studies


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Interesting theory of the origin of the Australian character, and a fine read to boot.

Everyone I know has camped and I’ve had camping holidays myself, but I wouldn’t have believed I’d find a social history about it so fascinating. Yet this book is not only enjoyable and appealing, it also persuasively argues the case that camping has been a factor in our national character and that many of the traits we pride ourselves on are directly attributable to the widespread and historical practice
of living in tents! From the First Fleet (with digressions on indigenous shelters) to the gold rushes, from necessity to leisure, and right up to Tent Embassies, this wonderfully illustrated book is a pleasure to read. Lindy


Breathtakingly original, this book shows that the history of Australia can be told through a history of camping. Bill Garner reminds us that Australia was settled as a campsite – the nation was born in a tent. But while Europeans brought tents, they did not bring camping. Australia had been a camping place for millennia. And so it continued to be. For more than a hundred years, settlers – women as well as men – colonised the country by living under canvas. It changed them into a new sort of native Australian. It gave them a feel for the place, a wry can-do attitude, and a lasting taste for equality. And it led to a sense of belonging. Born in a Tent takes the story from the campfire to the gas bottle, from a tarp slung on saplings to polymer tents and aluminium poles. It reveals how deeply our camping holidays connect us to the land, to the past, and to one another.

By:   Bill Garner
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 176mm, 
Weight:   621g
ISBN:   9781742233345
ISBN 10:   1742233341
Publication Date:   October 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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