Other cultures have lost civilisations, we have ghost towns. Australian landscapes are littered with the half-buried remains of once thriving towns. The renowned pioneering spirit of settler society often faltered under the onslaught of changed circumstances--mine yields that declined, industry that failed and the end of penal colonies. Some towns are in ruins today, while others have become tourist destinations, such as Port Douglas, Port Arthur and Oodnadatta. This extensively researched book delves into the stories of these ghost towns--rich with memories of turmoil, perseverance, resistance and dogged optimism

Australian Ghost Towns by Barry McGowan