Jim Bain AM, a leader of Sydney’s financial community for over forty years, was Chairman of the Sydney Stock Exchange, the Australian Associated Stock Exchanges and of Bain & Company, stockbrokers.

Jim was awarded a Membership of the Order of Australia for services to commerce, particularly at the Sydney Stock Exchange, where he led the introduction of computerised share trading, and a Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society through the arts and business.
His first book published by HarperCollins Australia in 2001, The Remarkable Roller Coaster, Forty years in the Australian Financial Industry, describes the leading role by Bain and Company in the growth of Australia’s financial services sector since World War II, including winning the giant Telecom loan in 1976.
His second book A Financial Tale of Two Cities, published by University of New South Wales Press in 2007, describes Sydney’s and Melbourne’s remarkable contest to become Australia’s financial capital.
Now in this introductory history, inspired by the Bain family’s 1644 map by the French cartographer Melchisedéch Thévenot, Jim Bain shows why Australia was settled by the British and not by the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch or French, all of whom had shown interest in the Great South Land in the period from the 1400s to the late 1700s when the British settled there.