This thoroughly revised edition maintains all the features that make The Oxford Companion to Australian History (first published in 1998) a superb reference for all those interested in Australian history. The editors, three of Australia's finest historians, have together with their team ofover 300 scholars provided here a comprehensive and authoritative reference work on all aspects of Australian history.The Companion contains approximately 1,600 entries, ranging from essays of up to 2,000 words in length to factual entries of about 100 words in length. There are entries on politicians, colonizers, visionaries, newspaper barons, industrialists, explorers, artists, and scientists. New entries havebeen written on topics such as the Olympic Games and Reconciliation. Entries on the states, key institutions, prominent families, and famous events have been revised as necessary to take into account recent events and developments in scholarship. Readers will find incisive entries on matters such asart, capital punishment, gambling, literature, language, and republicanism. The bibliographical citations, a key feature of the book, are also now completely up to date.The Companion is immensely readable and entertaining with a range of curious and unexpected entries such as those on duels, two-up, Vegemite, and the six o'clock swill. The text is thoroughly cross-referenced, to allow for easy access to all the information, and there is a very useful subject indexproviding readers with an alternative means of accessing the material.