The people, plants and passion that have been the story of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens over its first 200 years are brought to life in this stunning bicentennial book.
As a photo-dominated publication, the reader can open this book to any page and be gifted with a reason to smile. If you choose to read from the start, you’ll be taken on a journey through:
Tasmanians responded enthusiastically to the call to submit their images and memories to this book, making it a deeply personal reflection worthy of this milestone.
“The Gardens: Celebrating Tasmania’s Botanical Treasure 1818-2018” reminds us that we all need a sheltering tree. This publication celebrates the many ways that the Gardens allows us to connect with nature, the arts, community, tranquillity, heritage, conservation, each other and ourselves.
“The Gardens: Celebrating Tasmania’s Botanical Treasure 1818-2018” can be purchased for $24.95 from the Gardens shop and ONLINE.
All profits from the sale of this book will support the conservation work of the Tasmanian Seedbank.
Australia was a cricket team before it was a nation. In 1868 a group of skilled Aboriginal cricketers toured England to represent our six independent colonies, which were still 33 years away from Federation.
It’s interesting that Australian colonists formed national cricket teams decades before they bothered with Federation. Many nations boast a love of sport but in Australia, this passion defines us. The treasured names and legends – The Don, Our Dawn, Phar Lap and Australia II – speak of our history, our values and our identity.
These yarns are a charming part of Australian tradition. They include the clay perfume bottle that was given to the English cricket captain by his Australian sweetheart (The Ashes). Another story tells of the talented cricketer, a grandson of convicts, who helped write the oldest rules for any football code in the world (Australian Football).
Together, these tales also tell a larger story of our nation’s history, including: how the first Melbourne Cup was poorly attended because of the deaths of outback explorer Burke and Wills; why the conscription campaign of World War I targeted a boxer from rural New South Wales; how Bradman and Phar Lap gave hope to the nation in the Great Depression; and how an Indigenous athlete named Cathy Freeman, running at the Sydney Olympics, gave Australians a vision of how great our nation can be when we share a common dream.
Sport is a topic that many of us love. This book celebrates our passion and uses it to engage young people in reading and our history.
“SPORTSMANSHIP: How sport shaped Australia” is available from all good book stores and online booksellers. RRP $17.99
Their names may not be familiar, but one of these child convicts would become the first person hanged in Australia, another would be celebrated on our twenty-dollar note and a third would count a future prime minister as a descendant.
Their story is one of survival.
Their story is one of nation-building.
Their story is the story of Australia.
“A great deal of Australian history from the convict era and the discovery of Australia is portrayed in this title. But it’s the heartbreaking tales about children, especially those from poor families, that are the most moving.”
Anastasia Gonis, Buzz Words.
“Everything in Child Convicts is in stark contrast to life in Australia today, and it will provide a useful resource for children studying Australian history.”
Susan Whelan, Kids’ Book Review.
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.