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Australian Dictionary of Dates and Men of the Time
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Online publication date: November 2015
  • Print publication year: 2011
  • First published in: 1879
  • Online ISBN: 9781139107501
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139107501
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A pioneering Australian reference work, this dictionary was published in 1879 by John Henniker Heaton (1848–1914), who in his youth spent twenty years as a journalist in Australia before returning to England and campaigning in Parliament for postal reform. Published amid a bitter dispute with the government printer, it is still acknowledged to contain much useful information despite some inaccuracies. The first part, 'Men of the Time', focuses on notable men and women with Australian connections, from 1542 to the date of publication, including explorers, governors, leading colonists, writers and scientists. The second part, 'The Australian Dictionary of Dates', provides an alphabetical listing of the most remarkable Australian historical events and topics, from Aboriginal cricketers to the Zig Zag railway line, particularly noting political and legal landmarks. Heaton's book is an important document of Victorian colonial historiography and a valuable resource for the history of European settlement in Australia.

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