Australian Historical Fiction – Primary


AUSTRALIAN Children’s Classic

The Man from Snowy River by A B Paterson

One of the most famous poems in Australian literature, The Man from Snowy River was first published in The Bulletin, on 26 April 1890. The poem tells the story of a chase to recapture a valuable colt. ′The Man′ – who is not identified by name – rides down a suicidally steep slope to rescue the horse, collect the reward money and become a local hero.

ISBN: 9780207157080 RRP $14.99


AUSTRALIAN Children’s Classic

Waltzing Matilda by A B Paterson

Beautifully illustrated children′s paperback by much loved Australian Poet A.B Paterson . Through a light lyrical verse, comes to life the story of a swagman who steals a sheep or ′jumbuck′, and his ensuing police chase. Desmond Digby′s painterly style of illustration with rustic colours, and a rugged looking swagman encapsulate the poet′s Australian bush perfectly

ISBN: 9780207170980 RRP $14.99




AUSTRALIAN Children’s Classic

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle by Deborah Niland, Kilmeny Niland

Mulga Bill′s Bicycle′ was written by Banjo Paterson in 1896. It was written at a time when cycling was a relatively new and popular social activity. Cycles were ridden everywhere, including in the outback by shearers and other workers who needed to travel cheaply

ISBN: 9780207172847 RRP $14.99



The Tram to Bondi Beach by Libby Hathorn, Julie Vivas

A story of a young boy′s adventures working as a paperboy on the busy trams, travelling to Bondi Beach. It was Kieran′s dream to be a paperboy and when he finally gets the chance finds it′s not as easy as he thought it would be but with his friend Saxon teaching him the ropes he eventually gets the opportunity to work at his favourite place…the beach, and the tram rides are the best part of the job to Kieran.

ISBN: 9780207176197 RRP $14.95;



A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

Set against a backdrop of bushfire, flood, war and jubilation, this is the story of one girl’s journey towards independence. It is also the story of others who had no vote and very little but their dreams. Drawing on the well-known poem by A.B. Paterson and from events rooted in actual history, this is the untold story behind Australia′s early years as an emerging nation.

ISBN: 9780732290214 RRP $19.99

  Picture Book

A Day to Remember by Jackie French, Mark Wilson

Anzac Day is the day when we remember and honour ANZAC traditions down the ages, from the first faltering march of wounded veterans in 1916 to the ever-increasing numbers of their descendants who march today. Containing reference to the many places the ANZACs have fought, and the various ways in which they keep the peace and support the civilians in war-torn parts of the world today, this is a picture book that looks not only at traditions, but also the effects of war.

ISBN: 9780732293604 RRP $24.99




The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French

This is the story of a small unassuming donkey. It′s also the story of Gallipoli, of Jack Simpson, and New Zealander stretcher-bearer Richard Henderson, who literally took up the reins after Simpson′s death.  Exhaustively researched, it gives a new depth to our understanding of this story of Anzac heroism

ISBN: 9780732288396 RRP $14.99



The Horse Who Bit a Bushranger by Jackie French

Young Billy Marks is a pickpocket, transported to the penal colony of New South Wales. He and his mate reckon they′ll become bushrangers- but that′s before Billy′s had a chance to see the bush up close. And when he buys the big white brumby stallion, covered with scars but refusing to bend to any man′s will, he knows he made the right choice

ISBN: 9780732289287 RRP ; $14.99


The Camel Who Crossed Australia by Jackie French

The humans called him ′Bell Sing′, but to the other camels he is known as ′He Who Spits Further Than the Wind′.

Transported from the mountains and deserts of the ′Northwest Frontier′ (present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), Bell Sing accompanies explorers Burke and Wills as they try to cross Australia from south to north

ISBN: 9780732285432 RRP $14.99


A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French

Desperate to do their bit – Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over-stretched ambulance service, is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined. And when the war is over, all three girls – and their Anzac boys as well – discover that even going ′home′ can be both strange and wonderful.

ISBN: 9780732285401 RRP $15.99 Teaching Notes Available


The Night They Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

It’s 1854, and the Ballarat goldfields are a place of dreams and rebellion as Sam, a homeless teenager, is called back to the past to join the Puddlehams, who run ‘the best little cook shop on the diggings’.

ISBN: 9780732285418 RRP $15.99


Tom Appleby, Convict Boy by Jackie French

Jackie French weaves Tom′s story in with the story of the development of Australia. She tells of a colony that, despite its natural abundance, cannot offer what the colonists want – familiarity. While the people′s health is better than it ever was in England, their morale is low as they wait for news from home.

ISBN: 9780207199424 RRP $14.95

Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

As Anna′s story unfolds, Mark is haunted by the image of Hitler′s daughter. He wonders what he would have done in her place if he had known his father was an evil man leading the world into a war that was destroying millions of lives. And if Mark had known, would he have had the power and determination to stop him? The intriguing novel poses powerful questions about a frightening period in history and will force readers to examine moral issues in a fresh, compelling light.

ISBN: 9780207198014 RRP 15.95 Teaching Notes Available


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