American in Australia Author:Ray Aitchison Most Americans feel a certain kinship with the Australians, but relatively few realize taht Americans have cast a subtle influence on all levels of Australia's development since her colonial days. As early as November 1, 1792, Captain Thomas Patrickson was piloting the vessel Philadelphia into Sydney harbor with a cargo of pitch and tar, rum an... more »d gin, tobacco and beef; and soon thereafter, American ships were making Sydney a regular port of call. American exports to Australia even included ice, 400 tons of which could be loaded in Boston to leave 250 tons unmelted when the ship reached Sydney.
In this important and enlightening book, Ray Aitchison takes a close look at both past and present, and warns that Australia can never become great while it "dances to the American Fiddle."« less