Winner of the Young People's History Prize in the 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards, this is a lavish and comprehensive history of Australia told through the eyes of young people.
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
Nadia Wheatley is an award-winning author whose books over thirty years reflect a commitment to issues of Reconciliation, social justice, and the conservation of the environment. She has been nominated by IBBY Australia for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing - the highest international recognition given to a living author whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.
Ken Searle is best known for the cityscapes that he has exhibited during a forty-year career as an artist. In his illustration and book design, he draws upon the same sense of composition to take the reader on a journey through the landscape of the book. Over the last decade, Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle have variously written, illustrated, designed or compiled five books that express aspects of the Indigenous principles of education that they experienced while working as consultants at Papunya School (Northern Territory).
Winner NSW Premier's History Award, Young People's History Award 2014 AU; Short-listed NSW Premier's History Award, Young People's History Award 2014 AU
A & U Children
10 - 16