Hundreds of rarely seen historical photographs. Captures the distinctive characteristics of life in Australia since the birth of the Commonwealth. From travel and leisure to wartime life, from education and health to stars of the stage. Richly illustrated and with hundreds of fascinating photographs and drawings, this book looks back at life in twentieth-century Australia .It explores the century's distinctive characteristics and flavour and puts the spotlight on many of the people and events that shaped and changed the nation. Economic pressures, dramatic social changes and the travails of war: this national family album looks with affection at those years when a young nation was growing up into the Australia we know today. A wealth of topics includes leisure and pleasure, Australian people, cities and towns, house and home, stars of the stage, the heyday of the printed page, sport, travel, fashion, health and education and wartime life. The text of this classic book has been thoroughly revised and updated.