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Dragon and Kangaroo : Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day - Robert Macklin

Dragon and Kangaroo

Australia and China's Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day

Paperback Published: 30th November 2017
ISBN: 9780733634031
Number Of Pages: 368

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The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country - our intertwined history from colonial times to today.

Chinese 'presence' in Australia extends from well before the time of Captain Cook - trading with northern Australia long before Europeans came here - right through to the present day, with Chinese activities ranging from being the main customer for our iron ore, to their very extensive intelligence operations here.

Robert Macklin, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Hamilton Hume and Dark Paradise, has traced a new history of the two nations. Macklin's engrossing narrative reaches from pre-colonial times, to John Macarthur's 'coolie' shepherds, the only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, and the multiple atrocities committed against the Chinese in the gold rush; through to the 20th century, where the two Australians - 'Morrison of Peking' and William Donald - played a significant role in the downfall of the last Chinese emperor and the creation of the first republic, before World War II and decades of Cold War brinkmanship; to our current economic bonds and Australia's role in the dangerous geopolitics of the South China Sea.

Dragon and Kangaroo is an absorbing account of a vastly underestimated part of Australia's story: this is our shared history, from an immensely important - and entirely new - angle.

'Robert Macklin calls Hamilton Hume "our greatest explorer", and now that I've read this enthralling but at times shocking story, I totally agree.' – Good Reading on Robert Macklin's Hamilton Hume

About the Author

Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at University of Queensland and the Australian National University. He has worked as a journalist at the Courier-Mail, The Age and The Bulletin, and was associate editor of the Canberra Times until 2003.

Robert is the author of 27 books, including Dark Paradise, Hamilton Hume and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces: SAS Sniper, Redback One, SAS Insider and Warrior Elite. He lives in Canberra.


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I bought this as a gift for my Father on the back of my Husband recommendation who is currently reading this book and loving it. My dad was thrilled and finished the book in a matter of days. Easy read would recommend to anyone with an interest in Australian current events and history



It's been described as 'a cracker of a read'.


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A well-informed, instructive, highly readable and often entertaining narrative of Australia-China relations from before the beginnings of Australia to the present day.

Macklin shows how China has been an integral part of our story from the beginning.

In this timely and engaging book, there is a wealth of information that will please anyone with an interest in China . . . This is a necessary book for our times. It is pertinent and reflective. - WEEKLY TIMES

This book, which is anything but a dry history, brings the first 80 years of this settlement alive with its personal stories of love, hate and bravery, interspersed among the fascinating historical facts that I never learned. Robert Macklin calls Hamilton Hume 'our greatest explorer', and now that I've read this enthralling but at times shocking story, I totally agree. - GOOD READING on Robert Macklin's HAMILTON HUME

I learnt so many things, I highly recommend it. - ABC NEWS BREAKFAST on Robert Macklin's HAMILTON HUME

You almost feel you are taking that trek with the party as Robert Macklin cites the obstacles - torrential river crossings, dense bush, the Snowy Mountains and more. Macklin covers Hume's public and private life, emphasising his affinity with the country and rapport with the Indigenous people, as well as providing a portrait of the evolving colony. - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on Robert Macklin's HAMIL

ISBN: 9780733634031
ISBN-10: 0733634036
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th November 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.5  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1