Introduction: Contemplating the role of mistakes in Australia's past / Martin Crotty and David Andrew Roberts -- Indigenous peoples. 'They would speedily abandon the country to the new comers': the denial of aboriginal rights / David Andrew Roberts -- Shelley's mistake: the Parramatta Native Institute and the stolen generations / Peter Read -- The Australian environment. The Burke and Wills phenomenon: trial and error in the conquest of Australia / Alan Atkinson -- Agrarian ideals and pastoral realities: the use and misuse of land in rural Australia / Richard Waterhouse -- A curse upon the land: foxes and cane toads / Manda Page and Greg Baxter -- 'An architectural monstrosity'?: the Cahill Expressway and town planning / Paul Ashton -- War. Naive militarism: Australia's World War I generation / Martin Crotty -- A great and impotent friend: the Singapore strategy / David Day -- The enemy within: wartime internment of enemy aliens / Ilma O'Brien -- Politics and trade. 'Another Singapore'?: Australia turns away from Asia / Marion Diamond -- States of mind: federation and the problematic constitution / Clive Moore -- Guarding the flood gates: the removal of non-Europeans, 1945-49 / Klaus Neumann -- (Mis)adventures in brinkmanship: Whitlam and the Governor-General / Wayne Reynolds
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