A modern classic: Don Watson’s history of Australia for children of the twenty-first century
History told so well it gives us a better idea of who we are – and what we might become.
The Story of Australia weaves together the many strands of our nation’s past – ancient and indigenous, colonial and contemporary – to create a fascinating history for all readers, young and old.
In clear, succinct language that both children and adults will appreciate, Watson guides readers from the ancient lands of Gondwana, through human settlement, colonisation and waves of migration, to the challenges facing our diverse nation today.
Each era is brought to life in a series of beautifully illustrated spreads that capture a particular event or development – or give a snapshot of ordinary Australians at the time. Each chapter ends with a profile of a person, from the oldest Australian ever discovered, Mungo Woman, to pop icon Kylie Minogue.
The Story of Australia will be treasured by children and families for years to come.
Click on the book cover for a look at some of the pages, or get a sneak peek with this video flick-through:
page 102 'He was the first man to graze sheep in what is now neckchains.' should read 'He was the first man to graze sheep in what is now the Northern Territory.'
About the author
Don Watson is the author of many acclaimed books, including Caledonia Australis, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, American Journeys, The Bush, Watsonia and The Story of Australia.