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Anne-Maree Whitaker

Introducing the author of the world's most comprehensive General Joseph Foveaux web page...

Anne-Maree Whitaker has a PhD in Australian history from Macquarie University in Sydney. In addition to the seven titles listed below, she has published widely in Australian Catholic and Irish Australian topics.

She is an independent professional historian who is available to undertake research in a wide range of 18th-20th century Australian topics. Click here to see her CV.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Royal Historical Society. She is also a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW) and the Australian Catholic Historical Society.

Dr Whitaker was the winner of a 2010 National Trust Heritage Award for 'Sydney Parks - Signage and History Website' and a 2014 National Trust Heritage Award for 'Western Crossings - Education and Interpretation'. She was also the NSW State Library's C H Currey Memorial Fellow for 2011-2012. She can be contacted at P O Box 63, Edgecliff, New South Wales, Australia 2027; or e-mail

To read book notes she has written for the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society from 2008 to 2016, click here.

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Published in 2014 by Writelight

Specifications 144pp PB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 9780992320621

RRP AUD $25.00

William Cox and Cox's Road: a bicentenary souvenir

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

This bicentenary souvenir commemorates William Cox and the road he built in 1814-1815 which first expanded European settlement outside the Sydney basin. It contains a new transcript of Cox’s journal as well as seminal documents from Governor Macquarie and a list of the men who ‘laboured for their liberty’ to build the road. It also presents a new biographical study of William Cox, and details of his 13 children and 88 grandchildren from hitherto-unpublished family papers. It also includes a field guide to sites where Cox's Road can still be seen.

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Published in 2012 by Kingsclear Books

Specifications 123pp PB and HB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 9780987184054

RRP AUD $24.95 PB or $34.95 HB

Pictorial History Kings Cross

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

Once known as Woolloomooloo Hill, Kings Cross was home to Sydney's nineteenth century elite who built grand mansions along the ridge to enjoy sea breezes, a wonderful view and access to the city. These villas of the rich and famous were sold, abandoned or demolished with the march of time and a number were resumed during the construction of Garden Island in the 1940s. Some became home to the bohemia who were moving to the Cross to enjoy the vivacity and night life. Anything went and wild girls like Dulcie Deamer and Rosaleen Norton walked the same streets as the crime queens Tillie Devine and Kate Leigh. The Cross, as it evolved from giant gardens and massive mansions into the gold mine of Art Deco apartments and multi-storyed blocks of flats, attracted lovers of the Parisian lifestyle. Cafes and nightclubs appeared where visitors could get a drink after 6 pm, a Continental meal and stay awake until dawn. The Cross magnetised artists of all types: writers, cartoonists, painters, sculptors, publishers. Everyone wanted to be there and live it up in all its wonder. Change to the bohemian character came with the US servicemen who docked at Woolloomooloo Wharf and came up the hill to the sparkle and escape. The Great White Fleet in 1906, World War 2 servicemen with stockings and cigarettes to give away and the R and R soldiers during the Vietnam War. The Cross's classy nightclubs turned into seedier strip joints, Go-Go clubs, huge brothels and sex shops. Elegance prevailed in Macleay Street which today houses the rich and famous who seek the colour and life of the Cross. It is like no other place in Sydney and people come from far and wide to live it up on the weekend. This self-contained suburb where the mundane falls away is well pictured in this new book on Kings Cross.

"Wonderfully photographed" History

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Published in 2012 by Parramatta City Council

Specifications 95pp PB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 9781876941031

RRP AUD $25.00

Shaping a City: 150 years of Parramatta City Council

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

What was there before flushing toilets and a sewerage system? What happened to Hunt’s Creek? How was Parramatta City Council formed? Dams, deaths, sewerage and slaughterhouses are just a few things that have shaped the City of Parramatta and they’re all revealed in Shaping a City: 150 years of Parramatta City Council, which details Parramatta’s long, and sometimes odd history of civic life. Produced by Council to mark 150 years of local government, Parramatta’s civic history has been compiled into a single resource for researchers and for those interested in exploring the heritage and identity of the City and its people. Among other strange goings on, the book explains how George Booth, the first ‘Inspector of Nuisances’ and pound keeper, had to chase pigs and cows around Parramatta because ‘they had a habit of wandering off’! Did you know that four Parramatta Mayors died in 1936? Covering diverse topics such as politics, transport and community facilities, this one-time publication showcases the various arrangement of the first level of government and its influence and impact on the Parramatta region.

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Published in 2007 by Kingsclear Books

Specifications 200pp HB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 9780908272884

RRP AUD $35.00

St Vincent's Hospital 1857-2007: 150 years of charity, care and compassion

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

This pictorial history was published to celebrate the sesquicentenary of St Vincent's Hospital, the first Catholic hospital in Australia. It tells the story of St Vincent's from the departure of its founders, the Sisters of Charity, from Dublin in 1838 and their mission and achievements, to the present day. With over 300 colour and black and white photographs, it is a beautifully designed and presented narrative about the Sisters of Charity, the doctors and nurses, the buildings, the patients and the medical achievements of this historic Sydney institution. It chronicles the milestones, significant events, personalities and anecdotes for each twenty five year period from 1857 to 2007.

"A splendid book visually and a valuable historical account" Descent, Society of Australian Genealogists

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Published in 2006 by Kingsclear Books

Specifications 140pp PB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 0 908272 87 1

RRP AUD $24.95

Pictorial History: Marrickville

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

The Sydney suburb of Marrickville was the home of the Cadigal people. By the middle of the nineteenth century wealthy settlers established nurseries, orchards, dairies and market gardens to supply Sydney's needs. Brickworks were established to build stylish houses along the railway lines. Businessmen such as Thomas Holt and the Hordern family chose to settle in this convenient area close to busy Newtown and the city but with fresh air and a view of Botany Bay in some cases. By the middle of the twentieth century Marrickville became home to people arriving from overseas and today it is one of the most diverse multicultural areas in Sydney.

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Published in 2005 by Kingsclear Books

Specifications 120pp PB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 0 908272 84 7

RRP AUD $19.95

Appin: the story of a Macquarie town

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

Appin's history is dominated by wheat and dairy farming, water supply and coal mining. This book examines the history of these activities as well as community life since the area was first explored by George Caley in 1807. Over 100 pictures show heritage buildings such as St Bede's and St John's churches, Cataract Dam, community gatherings and much more.

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Published in 2002 by Kingsclear Books

Specifications 140pp PB 
Category Australian history
ISBN 0 908272 69 3

RRP AUD $24.95

Pictorial History of South Sydney

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

Nearly 200 historical photographs and maps show the history of the areas now within the City of South Sydney. Suburbs covered include Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Broadway, Camperdown, Chippendale, Darlinghurst, Darlington, East Sydney, Elizabeth Bay, Erskineville, Eveleigh, Garden Island, Green Square, Kings Cross, Moore Park, Newtown, Oxford Street, Paddington, Potts Point, Redfern, Rosebery, Rushcutters Bay, St Peters, Surry Hills, Ultimo, Victoria Park, Waterloo, Woolloomooloo, and Zetland.

"Vibrant and engaging": Daily Telegraph

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Published in 2000 by NSW University Press OUT OF PRINT

Specifications 256pp PB 235x153mm
Category Cultural Studies
ISBN 0 86840 555 8
RRP AUD$32.95

Joseph Foveaux: Power and Patronage in Early New South Wales

by Anne-Maree Whitaker 

**Short-listed for the Douglas Stewart Prize in the 2001 NSW Premier's Literary Awards**

"A frontal attack on the demonology and conspiracy theory which provides much of the evidential base for the dominant paradigm of early Australian history": Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

"Comprehensively researched and engagingly written": International History Review

"Endless fascination...excellent": Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings

"A story worth telling...challenging, readable detail": The Australian

"Readers with a taste for revisionist history will be intrigued": Australian Historical Studies

"For those interested in patronage, hypocrisy and sexual shenanigans, this book abounds in salacious gossip....": History Now

In this gripping biography, Anne-Maree Whitaker uncovers the role of Joseph Foveaux, a neglected and sometimes unfairly criticised key figure in the colony's development.

Dr Whitaker describes in fascinating detail the worlds in which Foveaux moved: the elaborate milieu of parliamentary politics and patronage in London, and the rough and tumble of the colonies of Norfolk Island and New South Wales where he was lieutenant governor.

We meet the irascible William Bligh, the visionary Lachlan Macquarie, leading colonists including John Macarthur and D'Arcy Wentworth and an enormous cast of supporting characters in Britain and the colonies.

"I have never yet met with any Officer...that is more eminently qualified for forming and conducting to maturity and perfection any infant colony committed to his charge," wrote Governor Macquarie in 1810, praising Joseph Foveaux, the man who had presided over the colony of New South Wales since the controversial Governor Bligh was relieved of his duties two years before.

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Published in 1998 by Melbourne University Press OUT OF PRINT

Specifications 182pp HB 230x154mm
Category Australian History 
ISBN 0 522 84795 1

RRP AUD$49.50

Distracted Settlement: New South Wales after Bligh from the Journal of Lieutenant James Finucane 1808-1810

Edited by Anne-Maree Whitaker

The journal of James Finucane, published here for the first time, provides new insights into the life in the colony of New South Wales between the deposition of Governor William Bligh and the arrival of his successor, Lachlan Macquarie.

From 1808 to 1810 Finucane, a lieutenant in the New South Wales Corp, was secretary toLieutenant Governor Joseph Foveaux who acted as the colony's administrator after Bligh's overthrow.

Finucane's account begins with Foveaux's arrival from England and his discovery that Bligh had been placed under arrest. It continues with Foveaux's decision to assume the administration of the colony himself rather than reinstate Bligh.

The journal reveals how Foveaux formed his views on the reforms which he believed necessary to ensure the viability and growth of the colony and his attitudes to such significant figures as Bligh and John Macarthur. It concludes with the successful attempt by Foveaux to reach England with his account of events before Bligh did.

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Published in 1994 by Crossing Press OUT OF PRINT

Now available on Google Books

Specifications 275pp PB
Category Australian History
ISBN 0 646 17951 9
RRP AUD$24.95

Unfinished Revolution: United Irishmen in NSW 1800-1810

by Anne-Maree Whitaker

The ground-breaking study of the 400 Irish veterans of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 who were transported to Botany Bay 1800-6 proves that the 'political Irish' remained revolutionaries; only they changed tactics from warlike to negotiated change. At Castle Hill in 1804 they rebelled again; during the Rum Rebellion of 1808 they held back as they integrated steadily and played a central role in the developing colony. In this way they maintained the spirit of their original rebellion ~ and changed Australia forever.

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