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Aboriginal Style Dot Painting

Our Sunburnt Country 

First published in 1964 this book was written by a young schoolteacher. It was a bestseller. It was updated and republished in 2008 by the original author who was still a passionate researcher of Australian history.


Our Sunburnt Country tells the story of Australia's heritage. It includes Aboriginal settlement, Dreamtime stories, European explorers, the First Fleet's arrival, the Rum Rebellion, the establishment of British colonies, mapping of the interior and coastline, the discovery of gold, the Eureka Stockade, bushrangers, Federation and Australia's prime ministers, the growth of industry, the world wars, the 'White Australia Policy' and immigration, natural disasters, the 2000 Olympic Games and moves towards reconciliation with Indigenous Australians including Mabo and National Sorry Day.


The book is written for primary aged children. It does not set out to be a detailed date and fact dissection of all that has happened. Instead, it offers its young readers a smooth flowing narrative that captures the historical events that have shaped Australia.

It includes the original foreword by Alec H. Chisholm, OBE, updated author preface and the poem My Country by Dorothea Mackellar. The original water colour illustrations by Molly Johnson have been reproduced in black and white


Are you still looking for an Australian History curriculum for your studies? Well, Linda Maher has put together a gem of a resource! Written by an Aussie home-schooling mother for other home-schooers…Linda knows what is needed an a program, and she delivers.


Australia…The Wide, Brown Land For Me is a program that includes text, suggested activities both bookwork and hands-on, map-work, recipes and more! The text covers over 400 years of history from the earliest known times through discovery and white settlement, Federation, to the present time.

There are 38 lessons which can be used in any way you need. Some families might like to do 2-4 lessons a week whereas others might prefer to go through slower, while adding in some good living books or historical fiction.


The lessons are geared toward the 2-8 grade level but could easily be used by an older student independently with an expectation of higher quality reports, essays, and required reading.

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