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On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia

By Richard White


This book is really about the future of something Australians have taken for granted – ‘the holiday’.


In his lively history of the Australian experience of ‘the holiday’, Richard White traces just what has happened to holidays in Australia. Is the Australian holiday we have known for more than a century in danger of slipping away without anyone noticing?


On Holidays’ explores these issues but also is a fascinating exploration of various holiday traditions and behaviours from the early Australian colonies to the sophisticated consumerism of today’s travel industry.


Richard White is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sydney, He is the author of the influential Inventing Australia: Images and Identity 1688-1980 and a founding member of the Professional Historians Association NSW.


Release May 05 | ISBN 1 86403  320 7| PB | photographs throughout |

A$ 32.95 | Dimension| 200 pp approx | Social History


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