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Grog : A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years - Tom Gilling

Grog

A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years

Paperback Published: 27th September 2016
ISBN: 9780733634017
Number Of Pages: 352

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Even before James Squire set sail as a convict aboard the First Fleet, liquor was playing its part in shaping the colony-to-be. Who was entitled to it and who wasn't; who could make and sell it and who couldn't; and how the young and thirsty colony could make itself self-sufficient in booze. As the colony grew, rum became both a currency and a source of political strength and instability, culminating in the Rum Rebellion in 1808, and what one observer said was a society of 'drunkenness, gaming and debaucheries'.

Now, with Grog, writer Tom Gilling presents a compelling bottled history of the first three decades of European settlement: how the men and women of New South Wales transformed the colony from a squalid and starving convict settlement into a prosperous trading town with fashionable Georgian street names and a monumental two-storey hospital built by private contractors in exchange for a monopoly on rum.

Grog is a colourful account of the unique beginnings of a new nation, and a unique insight into the history of Australia's long love affair with the hard stuff.

About the Author

Tom Gilling is a respected journalist and acclaimed novelist whose books include The Sooterkin, a New York Times Notable Book, Dreamland and Seven Mile Beach.

ISBN: 9780733634017
ISBN-10: 073363401X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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