This richly illustrated book takes the reader into life in Australia in 1913. That year was a fascinating and important time for Australians, although the events of the following year have tended to cast a retrospective shadow over it. In places as far apart as Antarctica, Papua and Great Britain, Australian ambitions were high; the new navy was a source of national pride; the arts flourished, and the motor car and movies were having their first impacts. The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 1913 varied, with many people living in towns and missions while, in other parts of Australia, traditional patterns of living were continuing. The political landscape and the lives of working men and women were rapidly changing, and the foundation stone for the new capital was laid. From the experiences of ordinary Australians to the emerging place of this new nation in the world, this book covers that fascinating year.