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How the Territory Found Its Feet

A Better Place to Live by Diana Giese; Freshwater Bay Press, 2009, $22.95. This little book reminds me of one of those tiny electric torches, no bigger than a walnut; women often carry one attached to their handbag, and men to their key-ring. Small, yes, but they cast a brilliant light into a dark corner. Diana Giese, in plain language and from much personal knowledge, describes the heroic quarter-century of the Northern Territory’s effort to remake itself, following its total ruination during the Second World War. Darwin’s harbour was clogged by the wrecks of sixty-four ships sunk by Japanese air…

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