Australian History in Fiction

Fiction titles to support the Australian Curriculum: History. Most titles can be found in our school libraries and many of them are also supported by publisher's book notes
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The Black War 1828–1832 in which the black aboriginals of Tasmania were reduced from about five thousand to less than seventy five

The Black War 1828–1832 in which the black aboriginals of Tasmania were reduced from about five thousand to less than seventy five

Historic photograph of Port Arthur, the Tasmanian convict site, circa 1850s. Convict life at Port Arthur. Australian History.

Historic photograph of Port Arthur, the Tasmanian convict site, circa 1850s. Convict life at Port Arthur. Australian History.

Excuse Me, Captain Cook by Michael Salmon: introduces the idea of early exploration, and also the idea that history can be challenged. Whose story is being told and why?

Excuse Me, Captain Cook by Michael Salmon: introduces the idea of early exploration, and also the idea that history can be challenged. Whose story is being told and why?

Life as a convict in the years of settlement was tough. It was even worse if you were a child! In this book you can read about frightened, hungry child convicts sent to Australia, and learn about their harsh punishments and lonely lives.

Life as a convict in the years of settlement was tough. It was even worse if you were a child! In this book you can read about frightened, hungry child convicts sent to Australia, and learn about their harsh punishments and lonely lives.

Based on the true story of a quilt made by convict women on board the Rajah, bound for Australia. Lizzie Flynn has nothing but her name when she boards the Rajah, which is bound for the penal colony of Australia. On board the Rajah the convict women were given a "useful bag" containing among other things fabric and needle and thread. The women were taught to sew and together they made the Rajah quilt which is currently housed in the National Library.

Based on the true story of a quilt made by convict women on board the Rajah, bound for Australia. Lizzie Flynn has nothing but her name when she boards the Rajah, which is bound for the penal colony of Australia. On board the Rajah the convict women were given a "useful bag" containing among other things fabric and needle and thread. The women were taught to sew and together they made the Rajah quilt which is currently housed in the National Library.

izzie Harvey, a convict transported to Sydney Cove, is starving and overworked. She has to fetch the water, mend clothes, please her Master, care for his china-doll daughter and tiptoe around his moody soldier son. She can barely find time to dream about the way things used to be, let alone write in her diary. But write she must. It is her only hope of reaching out to the home she has left behind, all those thousands of miles away across the sea.

izzie Harvey, a convict transported to Sydney Cove, is starving and overworked. She has to fetch the water, mend clothes, please her Master, care for his china-doll daughter and tiptoe around his moody soldier son. She can barely find time to dream about the way things used to be, let alone write in her diary. But write she must. It is her only hope of reaching out to the home she has left behind, all those thousands of miles away across the sea.

It's 1918, and Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth, while on the other side of the world, the Great War rages. Alice's deepest wish is to become a ballerina, and when she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true. But then there's a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing.

It's 1918, and Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth, while on the other side of the world, the Great War rages. Alice's deepest wish is to become a ballerina, and when she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true. But then there's a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing.

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