Australians All encompasses the history of our continent from the
Ice Age to the Apology, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the
Mabo Judgement. Brief accounts of the lives of real young
Australians open up this chronological narrative. Some of the
subjects of the eighty mini-biographies have become nationally or
even internationally famous. Others were legends in their own
families and communities. Meticulously researched, beautifully
written and highly readable, Australians All helps us understand
who we are, and how we belong to the land we all share. It also
shows us who we might be.'Australians All is an outstanding history
of Australia that captures the experiences of young people on this
continent from the Ice Age to the Apology. Nadia Wheatley entwines
her narrative with 80 judiciously chosen biographical snapshots
that bring new insights to major events and themes in Australian
history. The book's subject selection speaks to young people and
gives them a voice in Australian history that is both a unique and
outstanding achievement.' - From the judges of the NSW Premier's
History Award'In Australian histories there is a particular group
whose tales and presence and concerns are rarely narrated. 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.' - Thomas Keneally
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