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CHILDREN'S AUSTRALIAN HISTORY SERIES
Set of 10 Books
by various authors
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Set of 10 new softcover books in clear plastic case. Books measure 30 x 23cm, 32 pages in each book, published 2011. Books are illustrated with B&W and colour images from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales. This book set is suitable for primary-school aged children and older. .
All books are fully illustrated with images from the collections of the State Library of New South Wales.
Captain James Cook - Dalys NewmanThough Captain James Cook is often credited as being the man who discovered Australia, it is not necessarily accurate. There is evidence that the Chinese, Portuguese and English navigators sailed along various parts of the coastline of the Great Southland in earlier times but Cook was the first European to sail from south to north along the east coast and to chart it. He also claimed the continent for the British crown at Possession Island in 1770. There are a number of theories about the real reason that the British Admiralty may have chosen to send an expedition of discovery to the southern hemisphere but the orders given to Cook were that he was to witness and record the Transit of (the planet) Venus from Tahiti during June of 1769. Cook was a man ahead of his time. Not only was he a great navigator but also his humane methods of commanding his crew were unusual for the time and he received great loyalty and devotion to duty from his men as a result.
The First Fleet and Year of Settlement - Tony Crago
The story of the First Fleet is important to all Australians. On 26 January 1788 the First Fleet under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip entered Port Jackson and in a small ceremony took possession for Britain. In this book, Tony Crago tells the story of this great voyage: the enormous dangers faced by the ships full of convicts, crew and livestock as they made the long journey across the turbulent Southern Ocean to an unknown and probably hostile environment. It was from Sydney Cove that the new nation in which we live today evolved. The story of the first year of settlement is one of a great struggle against the odds.
Australian Pioneers - Kathrine Bell
This is about the 'unsung' heroes and heroines of Australia's past. These were the people who came from England to begin a new life in this new land. Some had come as convicts and some came as free settlers. The author, Kathrine Bell, describes how and why the poorer classes in England moved to New South Wales to start new lives. Notable people who contributed so much to the pioneering days are discussed and the extent to which they contributed is made clear. Other aspects such as education for children, medical help and communications are also included.
Australian Explorers - Volumes 1 and 2 - Tony Crago
These two volumes provide an account of the most important journeys made by explorers, from 1813 through to the late 1880s. The first major exploration from the settlement at Sydney Cove was made by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. It was the most important achievement since the landing of the First Fleet in 1788 providing access to vast tracts of land to the west of the Blue Mountains. The journeys of Hume and Hovell, Sturt, Oxley, Burke and Wills, McKinlay and many others are described in detail.
Australian Bushrangers - Sacha Molitorisz
Australians have always had a sneaking admiration for bushrangers and they occupy a place in the folklore of the country which to some extent has portrayed them as 'colourful characters' to be admired for their bravery and ability to outwit the authorities of their time. Yet we know that they turned to a life of crime for many reasons. Includes the stories of Captain Moonlite, the Kelly Gang, Captain Thunderbolt, and many more.
The Australian Light Horse - Kathrine Bell
During the nineteenth century Australia was isolated from the rest of the world and communications were primitive when compared with those of today. The fear of attack or invasion by a foreign power was present, particularly when Britain was involved in any armed struggle. The Australian Colonies' first involvement in any sort of war happened when a contingent of Colonial troops embarked for the Sudan in 1885. These troops were the forerunners of the Australian Light Horse. The Light Horse served in the First World War in the Middle East and at Gallipoli. But they will always be remembered for the 'last great cavalry charge' - that incredible charge on horseback at Beersheba which saw them take the wells there and help change the fortunes of war in favour of the Allies.
Australians in the First World War - Dana Walkins
This was the first fully mechanised war in history and no one could see what might lie ahead. Australia lost more men in this war than any others, before or since. Many thousands of young Australian men were killed as the war ground on year after year. Many dies in agony or were horribly maimed in Gallipoli, the Middle East, or in the grinding horror of trench warfare which continued unceasingly on the Western Front in France and Belgium. By the time it was over Britain had lost her wealth and power, many European countries were in political turmoil and the entire map of Europe was changes for years to come.
Second World War - Dana Walkins
It is believed by many that the Second World War was a natural continuation of the First World War. Certainly, Germany was seeking to reassert itself as a nation in the world. It was to be a war like none before it. It was also the first major war to actually reach the shores of Australia. For the first time since settlement Australians were killed by a foreign power on their own soil.
Australia's Prime Ministers - Joanne Holliman
A fascinating series of essays on each of Australia's 27 Prime Ministers, which not only gives rare insight into the people themselves but also provides us with another interesting aspect of the history of Australia during the past 110 years. The men and woman involved played out their roles against the dramatic background of wars, depression, recession, industrial unrest and of course, times of peace and prosperity.
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Children's Australian History Series - set of 10 books