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What lurks beneath the surface?
In the bowels of a Sydney pub, the publican poses with his hand in chains: a reminder of the time when the underground store was a convict cell. A family, thrown out of home during the Great Depression, set up house in a cave. Women sort mushrooms in a disused railway tunnel in 1950s; a jazz band rehearses beneath the Royal George Hotel. As people go about their busy lives, beneath their feet members of the Cave Clan clamber through shadowy stormwater tunnels.
Written by historian Michael McKernan, Underground Australia is illustrated with photographs from the National Library of Australia. With images by some of the countrys best-known photographers, including Jeff Carter, Wolfgang Sievers and Frank Hurley, this book will take you on a journey to an amazing underground world.
Pictorial history; black-and-white and colour photographs
Surprising and intriguing stories
Michael McKernan is a well-known historian who is fascinated by the story of Australia and the Australian people at war, in politics, facing drought, in their churches and in sport. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books
Life down below
Historian Michael McKernan explores places underground where people live and work, such as the stone cellars at a pub in The Rocks and miners and pit ponies at the South Bulli Colliery. Images by Frank Hurley, Wolfgang Sievers and Jeff Carter.
Interview with Michael McKernan, author, about his book Underground Australia. McKernan says the book was not his idea, and he thought it was a strange idea when it was brought to him, but says the National Library has a fantastic collection, and part of their responsibility is to get it out to the widest possible audience, and they decided that a picture looking at Australians living and working underground would be a good way of exposing the collection. McKernan says there are some wonderful photographers featured, and some wonderful photographs. McKernan says one of the saddest parts of the book is that even children were jailed underground in Port Arthur. McKernan explains how other places are looking at building underground to increase the capacity of cities including Singapore.