While visiting Australia last summer (actually winter) I decided to read some Australian history, something I’ve been wanting to do in some time.  There’s obviously a lot written, but in the end I settled on four main works: One, an overview piece, MacIntyre’s Concise History of Australia; two, a topical and more controversial piece, Hirst’s Sense and Nonsense in Australian History; and three and four, two more in-depth pieces on issues that caught my eye: H. V. Evatt’s study of the Rum Rebellion of 1808 and Alan Morse’s account of the establishment of local government.  I won’t summarize the books–as it turns out they all have their strengths and weaknesses–but in separate posts I’ll highlight some issues or events that I thought were interesting.