A lavish and comprehensive new history of Australia, told through the lives of children, Australians All tells the story of what it was like to grow up on our continent from the Ice Age to the Apology. The historical narrative is interspersed with over seventy mini-biographies and childhood accounts, including some well-known Australians such as William Barak, Ethel Turner, Eddie Mabo, and Mark Oliphant as well as many lesser-known Australians. Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with a combination of facsimile images including photographs, paintings, and cartoons, as well as new illustrations by Ken Searle, this groundbreaking work will be treasured by young Australians and their families.
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Nadia Wheatley writes for both adults and young people. Her award-winning books cover the genres of fiction, history, biography, and picture books, and reflect her commitment to social justice. Nadia's first book, Five Times Dizzy, was often described as the first multicultural children's book in this country. Ken Searlegrew up around the Cooks River, in the southwest suburbs of Sydney, where he still lives. He is best known for his large paintings in oil on canvas, depicting the suburban and industrial areas of a number of Australian cities. He has also painted the landscapes of the Western Desert and of the southern coastline. A self-taught artist, in the mid 1970s Ken Searle began regularly exhibiting works at Watters Gallery in Sydney, where he has held fifteen solo exhibitions.Review:
"In Australian histories there is a particular group whose tales and presence and concerns are rarely narrated. These are the children and adolescents. They are depicted as mute sufferers of the decisions of elders (as were the children of the Depression), helpless victims of policy (the Stolen Generations) and the children of the Second World War (of whom I was one). They appear in most writing of history as mere passive accessories to what adults do. But their stories are our stories too, and their stories are our history, and Nadia Wheatley, that great writer, tells that wide-ranging story in a way so imaginative and colourful that it would attract any young person, and make young readers feel that many of their personal struggles have been faced before, by children of the past and present. Nadia has performed an essential service to history and the young." —Thomas Keneally
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