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A Nation of Swaggies and Diggers
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The Australian colonies had come a long way since they were a dump for grim crims and convicts. Life was comfortableat least for some. But soon drought would send swaggies waltzing their matildas along the roads, and bad times would make politicians dream of uniting the country into one nation. And th... read more

A Nation of Swaggies and Diggers: 1880-1920 (Fair Dinkum Histories #5)
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For 60,000 years the rest of the world had pretty much left Australia and its Aboriginal nations alone. Then it became a home for Britain's criminals and poor. Now a con man had found gold and suddenly everyone was heading to Australia: adventurers, revolutionaries, camels . . . Australia would never be the same.

Gold, Graves and Glory: 1850-1880 (Fair Dinkum Histories #4)
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It was an incredible idea, to found a colony of convicts, eight months' sail away from Great Britain. It was a land with no cities, no farms, no rich spices. It was just slaves in huts. No country had ever though to send a colony so far away. This book covers the Australian history, warts and all. It is for those aged 8 and above.

Grim Crims and Convicts
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It was an incredible idea-to found a colony of convicts eight months' sail away from Great Britain. In a land with no cities, no farms, no rich spices. Just savages in huts. The Dutch, the French and the Portuguese had known about this place for two hundred years-and had turned their noses up at it. T... read more

Grim Crims and Convicts: 1788-1820 (Fair Dinkum Histories #2)
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There were two tiny colonies at the end of the world-one in New South Wales and one in Van Diemen's Land-perched on the edge of a vast and mostly unmapped continent. There were four main towns-Sydney and Parramatta in New South Wa... read more

Rotters and Squatters: 1820-1850 (Fair Dinkum Histories #3)
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In 1493 the Pope gave Portugal the half of the world that included eastern Australia. By 1770 the Dutch had claimed the western, northern and southern coastlines of the continent-and Cook claimed the east coast for the British in 1770. But unlike the Europeans who claimed New Holland as their own, man... read more

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years: Pre-1788 (Fair Dinkum Histories #1)
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Jackie French touches on just about everything human that happened on the Australian continent prior to British settlement. Ages 8+.

Shipwrecks, Sailors and 60,000 Years
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