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Patsy Adam-Smith (1924–2001)

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Tekijän teokset

The Anzacs (1978) 147 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Australian women at war (1984) 59 kappaletta
Hear The Train Blow (1975) 54 kappaletta
Goodbye Girlie (1994) 37 kappaletta
There was a ship (1983) 36 kappaletta
When we rode the rails (1983) 32 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The shearers (1982) 29 kappaletta
Romance of Australian railways (1973) 22 kappaletta
Moonbird People (1966) 16 kappaletta
Tiger Country (1968) 14 kappaletta
No tribesman (1971) 13 kappaletta
Launceston sketchbook (1973) 13 kappaletta
Hobart Sketchbook (1975) 11 kappaletta
Romance of Victorian railways (1980) 11 kappaletta
Trains of Australia : all aboard (1993) 11 kappaletta
Footloose in Australia (1977) 10 kappaletta
Outback heroes (1981) 9 kappaletta
Port Arthur Sketchbook (1971) — Tekijä — 9 kappaletta
Islands of Bass Strait (1978) 6 kappaletta
The desert railway (1974) 5 kappaletta
The Barcoo salute (1973) 4 kappaletta
Australian prisoners of war (2014) 3 kappaletta
The rails go westward (1969) 3 kappaletta
Trader to the islands (1977) 2 kappaletta
The rails go Westward (1969) 1 kappale

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Virallinen nimi
Adam-Smith, Patricia Jean
Muut nimet
Beckett, Pat
Smith, Patricia Jean
Nowingi, Victoria, Australia
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
manuscripts field officer
State Library of Victoria
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Order of Australia (1994)
The Age Non-fiction Award (1978)
Order of Australian Association Book Prize (1993)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1980)
Benalia Award (Audio book of the year - 1995)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Patricia Jean "Patsy" Adam-Smith was born in Nowingi, Australia, and adopted as a child by railway workers. She grew up in a number of small country towns. During World War II, she enlisted as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse and served from 1943 to 1944. After the war, she became the first female radio officer aboard an Australian merchant ship, serving from 1954 to 1960. She then got a job as an Adult Education Officer. In 1970, she became Manuscripts Field Officer for the State Library of Victoria, a position she held until 1982.

She was a prolific writer on a wide range of subjects, including history, folklore, and railways. Her award-winning 1978 book The ANZACS was adapted into a 13-part television series.

She published her autobiography in two parts separated by 30 years, Hear The Train Blow (1964) and Good-bye Girlie (1994). Other notable works included Australian Women at War (1984) and Prisoners of War (1992). She received the Order of Australia in 1994 for her services to community history, particularly through the preservation of national traditions and folklore and the recording of oral histories.



The story of Australia's Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors during the First World War and what a read it is. It tells the overall story of Australia during the war through the stories of individual men who served during the war. It covers nearly everything from the Infantry, to Nurses, Gallipoli, the Western Front and Palestine Campaigns, as well as the war at sea and in the air. It is intelligently written which makes it readable to both those interested in military history and to the general reader, a remarkable achievement.

There are only two things to be wary of, the first is that it is very much of the time it was written in, the 1970's and the attitudes of that period come through at times. Secondly there are a handful of gruesome photographs, only a handful but if that kind of thing affects you be aware.

This is regarded as a classic in Australian history writing and it's easy to see why.
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bookmarkaussie | 1 muu arvostelu | Feb 6, 2014 |
Ms. Adam-Smith has captured the Australian soldiers of the First World War. It is not an anti-war, or a pro-war book. It is a prose poem to the bravery and humanity and foibles of the Digger.
As a Canadian, I do wish we had our equivalent, but we don't.
Well worth reading.
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RobertP | 1 muu arvostelu | Sep 5, 2012 |
Australia - History
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