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  • The Unauthorised History of Australia, Volume 3
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (263 ratings)

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By: David Hunt
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From the best-selling author of Girt and True Girt, the saga of Australia continues....

David Hunt tramples the tall poppies of the past in charting Australia’s transformation from aspiration to nation - an epic tale of charlatans and costermongers, of bush bards and bushier beards, of workers and women who weren’t going to take it anymore.

Girt Nation introduces Alfred Deakin, the Liberal necromancer whose dead advisors made Australia a better place to live, and Banjo Paterson, the jihadist who called on God and the Prophet to drive the Australian infidels from the Sudan ‘like sand before the gale’. And meet Catherine Helen Spence, the feminist polymath who envisaged a utopian future of free contraceptives, easy divorce and immigration restrictions to prevent the ‘Chinese coming to destroy all we have struggled for’!

Thrill as Jandamarra leads the Bunuba against Western Australia, and Valentine Keating leads the Crutchy Push, an all-amputee street gang, against the conventionally limbed. Gasp as Essendon Football Club trainer Carl von Ledebur injects his charges with crushed dog and goat testicles. Weep as Scott Morrison’s communist great-great-aunt Mary Gilmore holds a hose in New Australia. And marvel at how Labor, a political party that spent a quarter of a century infighting over how to spell its own name, ever rose to power.

David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes. He is the author of the best-selling Girt and True Girt, as well as two books for children.

©2021 David Hunt (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Couldn't get through it.

Great content, brilliantly accurate and informative. However, David's voice is hard to listen to. Sorry David.

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Only glimpses of the previous books

If you can handle the overload of woke, there is plenty of interesting history about the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia. These tastes of the previous books have been almost completely overwhelmed by the constant reminder that over a century ago attitudes to race, sexuality, and gender were completely different than today. We get that, we know that, but unfortunately these interminable diversions overshadow what were undoubtedly some great achievements. Its almost as if the author wants to completely remined us of his moral superiority. Or maybe instead of providing more research he needed to pad out the book. The passage of incomprehensible wokeness that grandly asserts that nobody should should listen to Thomas the Tank Engine because he isn't gay is typical of the many unneeded wanderings into the woke weeds. If you can tolerate this, or if wokeness is your cup of tea, then its certainly worth it for the glimpses of wit and history that were a feature of the previous books.

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History with the missing facts

I love learning little known facts that challenge the accepted version of historical events, and David gives the people involved a human side instead of the mythical history book versions.
My only gripe is that a lot of the humour is in the footnotes but they reference current politicians that will render the snide jokes obsolete in only a few years. And a swipe at Britney Spears was a misread of the room.

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Hilarious and informative

David Hunt has done it again. Who would have thought Australia's history could be so hilarious, and just, simply weird. It is always good to listen to a book narrated by the author, but David in particular just brings the text to life. I loved it. It was a laugh out loud in places and a book that infuriated me at times and made me ashamed of our racist, sexist past. Or is it the past? Anyway, this will be a great summer holiday read as you can easily pick it us and put it down. Enjoy.

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finally it's here the next girt installment

in the tradition of girt an informative and funny look at the quirks in Australian history.

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Incredible research

I am astounded to listen to so many detailed character analyses of the founding fathers of the Australian Federation! David Hunt always seems to discover incredibly interesting and little known facts about these peoples’ lives! I can only imagine that this takes many hours of trawling through old newspapers, periodicals, memoirs and diaries. The early sympathies for the White Australia policy are revealed through the prejudices of the era with just a few voices speaking out against the intention. The strong women who rallied for the vote are also part of this Victorian to Edwardian story. I also found it fascinating that until 1949 there was no such thing as an Australian citizen. Before that anyone born in Australia was a British subject! The legal category of British subject was only abolished in 1984! Thank you David for shedding light on this era in Australia!

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Fantastic Australian history

Another fantastic book by David Hunt. Always an enjoyable read/listen with plenty of fascinating Australian history and plenty of laughs and head scratching moments throughout. Really well suited to the Audible format and the narration is 10 out of 10.

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Slightly forced laugh out loud

This book would win a gong for best dark comedic yarn…

Except it’s based on fact.

And should be compulsory year 12 text

Actually well read by the author- he’s no professional voice actor but actually works better in his own voice and gives it a red hot go -props.

I laughed and was shocked and wanted to share with uptight family but not sure they could cope with the bawdy humour.

I promise you will never sing waltzing Matilda the same way again.

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Boom! 3rd book done

Thanks David for yet again awakening me from what has been an educational history slumber and setting me on a path to dig further into the Trove Newspaper Papers

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Entertaining

Entertaining history of Australia, providing a comedic take on the varied key elements of up to ~1905

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