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Historical dictionary of Australia
Docherty, J. C.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xlii, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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Volume 32 in the ASIAN/ OCEANIAN HISTORICAL DICTIONARIES series, the second revised edition of an introduction to Australia and its history from the first human settlement to the late 1990s. It is cross-referenced, contains a bibliography and is illustrated with maps.

Author Notes

James C. Docherty is an employee of the Australian Department Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, and was an Honorary Research Associate with the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University from 1990 to 1996. Before that, he worked with the Australian Dictionary of Biography at the Australian National University and at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His publications include Selected Social Statistics of New South Wales, 1861-1976 (1982) and Newcastle: The Making of an Australian City (1983) Historical Dictionary of Organized Labor, Second Edition (Scarecrow 2004) and Historical Dictionary of Socialism (Scarecrow 1997); and he was editorial consultant and contributor to W. Vamplew, ed., Australians: Historical Statistics (1987) and to David Crystal, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia (1990).

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Booklist Review

Four new titles in established series. The Australia volume is part of the Asian/Oceanian Historical Dictionaries series. The volumes on Italy and Slovakia are part of the European Historical Dictionaries series, and the volume on Vienna is number eight in the Historical Dictionaries of Cities of the World series.

Choice Review

Among the superb reference books that provide splendid coverage for Australia are The Australian National Dictionary, ed. by W.S. Ransom (CH, Jul'89), The Australian Encyclopaedia (6th ed., 1996), and Ken Johnson's AUSMAP Atlas of Australia (1992), all world-class titles. Other reference books treating Australia (guides to the literature, specialized bibliographies, and statistical handbooks) are likewise plentiful. Although this second edition is nearly twice as long as the first, it has far fewer entries than the standard Collins Australian Encyclopedia, ed. by John Shaw (CH, Jul'85). Its scope is clearly defined: "The dictionary includes entries on all states and territories, urban centers with more than 100,000 people, leading exports, events, notable individuals, and other things that make Australia distinctive." Docherty also focuses on more recent events. Although some college and smaller university libraries might find this book a useful addition, libraries that hold the other sources will not need Docherty's dictionary. D. S. Azzolina; University of Pennsylvania