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Book of the Year Awards 2015
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has named “Australian Federation: One People. One Destiny” as a Notable in the 2015 Book of the Year Awards. Australian-Federation-Notable
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Australian Federation: One People, One Destiny

Australian-Federation-NotableBefore 1901 the nation of Australia did not exist.

New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia were colonies under British Rule.

But among the people of the colonies, the idea of unity was emerging: “a nation for a continent and a continent for a nation.”

Here’s the story of how ordinary citizens became the first in the world to write and vote for their own constitution, coming together to form the nation of Australia.

“This is a fascinating book for any Australian. Whether you are aged 9-12 years (the group the book targets) or an adult who is a bit fuzzy on Australian history, this book will teach you things through its well-written text and numerous, wonderful images.”
Trevor Cairney, Adjunct professor of Education at UNSW and blogger.

“One of the winning aspects of this educational picture book for upper primary school students (and beyond) is its narrative flow: it reads like a story.”
Carole Poustie, Magpies (Vol 29, Issue 2) and rubyrainbowreviews.

  • “Australian Federation: One People, One Destiny” is available online and at all good book stores. RRP $18.95
  • For teacher notes on this text, go to Walker Books Classroom