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Grog A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years

Grog A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years

Author: Tom Gilling
$32.95 (AUD)  inc GST
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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.

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General Fields

  • : 9780733634017
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : September 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : September 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 352
  • : Tom Gilling
  • : 35 Illustrations
  • : paperback