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  • The Dogs That Made Australia

  • The Story of the Dogs That Brought About Australia's Transformation from Starving Colony to Pastoral Powerhouse
  • By: Guy Hull
  • Narrated by: Guy Hull
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Australia, New Zealand & Oceania
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Hunter. Worker. Legend. The untold story of the dog's role in building a nation. 

The Dogs That Made Australia pays tribute to the dogs that gave their all for our prosperity: the fearless hounds that saved fledgling colonies from famine; the courageous heelers and tireless collies that powered the rise of beef and wool; the tough little home-grown terriers that protected the homestead and garden; and the extraordinary police dogs, ahead of their time, loved by the nation. The selfless exploits of our heroic dogs are writ indelibly in our nation's heritage and identity. 

The Dogs That Made Australia is a vivid and meticulously researched history of Australia told from the perspectives of the dingo and of the dogs that were imported and developed here, as well as the humans who loved, feared and worked them.

Praise

"A highly readable book about Australia's dog heroes and their contribution to Australia's development. This is a book for the ages. I loved every page!" (Tony Parsons, OAM, author of The Kelpie)

"This should be on every school list for every primary school. It is a fantastic Australian history reference." (Narelle Hammond, Secretary, Australian Cattle Dog Society of NSW) 

©2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited

Critic Reviews

"A highly readable book about Australia's dog heroes and their contribution to Australia's development. This is a book for the ages. I loved every page!" (Tony Parsons, OAM, author of The Kelpie)

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Aussie dog history

fantastic book. very thorough, informative and alround enjoyable read (listen). if you like dogs this is the book for you.

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A pure delight.

What an absolute piece of gold this book is! Inspired by my beautiful kelpie dog I wanted to know everything there was to know about the breed. I feel more than lucky to have found this book early in my search, as evidently, there is a lot of misinformation on the topic.

The historical research and critical thinking throughout this masterpiece is bloody fantastic! It is as Australian as can be, with the kind of lyrical humour that has characterised our great country and does not condescend one iota to the reader.

I actually don't think there is a single Australian from any walk of life that would not thoroughly enjoy this book (except for Robert Koleski, but then, he's long dead).

Thank you Guy, I'll be setting up an hour on the phone for your advice with my kelpie soon.

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Amaxing insight

I have a cattledog - this was really interesting to learn more about his history and the dogs that made Australia great 🐶

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insightful

I found this book really engaging and informative with a dash of Aussie humour. Loved it.

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Too much irrelevant information

There was too much time spent talking about irrelevant people, dates and places.
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  • Silva
  • 10-06-2020

For the dog lovers

I have always been a huge fan of the working dog, especially the cow dog. I had the pleasure of owning a Kelpie and I fear that I won't ever find another like her. Obviously I searched out this subject and when I found this book I just had to have it. This book was written with love and I can't imagine how much work and research went into it. The writing style moves along at a good pace informs the reader on the background of Australia and its need for dogs. It details the breeding history of several dogs as well as the dingo. It also has humor. It was a real pleasure to read.

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  • Nancy tomlinson
  • 10-03-2021

I loved it

really comprehensive and very interesting. An in depth study delivered in a most personable way

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