What does an Australian look like? Is it the clothes they wear? Is it the colour of their skin? My family says it is what's inside that counts, not what people look like. Edward, Check Chee, lives with his parents above their store in Sydney's Chinatown. His mother is English, his father is Chinese, and Edward is trying to work out where he fits in. He's not the only one - the new White Australia policy is making it harder for Chinese people to settle in Australia...

The Melting Pot by Christopher Cheng - White Australia policy (told from Chinese perspective)

Lying about his age and looking for adventure, 14-year-old Victor March enlists in the 10th Battalion of the AIF to fight in the Great War. Victor and his new mates, Fish, Needle and Robbo, are headed for the Gallipoli peninsula, and into battle. He is among the first soldiers to land at what will become known as Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and the world as he knows it is about to change.

Booktopia has Gallipoli, My Australian Story by Alan Tucker. Buy a discounted Paperback of Gallipoli online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

The year is 1861 and a major horse race is about to be run for the first time-the Melbourne Cup. Thirteen-year-old Robby Jenkins is working as a stablehand, and is convinced that his favourite horse, Archer, can win.   Archer's Melbourne Cup tells the story of how one of Australia's iconic events began. It is also the story of a boy who dreams of being a top jockey-but does he have what it takes?

Booktopia has Archer's Melbourne Cup, My Australian Story by Vashti Farrer. Buy a discounted Paperback of Archer's Melbourne Cup online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Shu Cheong works on the goldfields at Lambing Flat. Life is tough, and there are many white settlers who are anything but friendly. It is 1860, and the white miners' behaviour towards the Chinese is becoming more and more violent. Shu Cheong witnesses increasing hatred and brutality towards his people . . . But he also learns the value of true friendship.

new gold mountain my australian story - Historical Fiction - Story of the Chinese people in the Australian Gold Rush period.

It is 1940, and sixteen-year-old Peter Fullerton and his best mate Tony Cantonelli lie about their ages to enlist in the army. Tony also lies about his name. Australia is at war with Italy, and suspicion has been added to the racism he already encounters...

Fishpond New Zealand, Heroes of Tobruk (My Australian Story) by David Mulligan. Buy Books online: Heroes of Tobruk (My Australian Story), ISBN David Mulligan

I am in the middle of Sydney Harbour, stuck on this place the masters call Cockatoo Island... I am here because I am an orphan, but I cannot help feeling like I have been sent here for doing something wrong. It is 1879 and life in the Biloela Industrial School is tough for eleven-year-old Olivia Markham. Her windswept days are filled with sewing, washing, and avoiding the girls from the Reformatory School.

I am in the middle of Sydney Harbour, stuck on this place the masters call Cockatoo Island. I am here because I am an orphan, but I cannot help feeling like I have been sent here for doing something wrong.

The British Government's going to test atomic bombs on the Woomera Rocket Range. What's she worried about? It's only a bomb. When the army assigns Anthony's father to work on the top secret atomic testing project in outback South Australia, the family relocates from Townsville to Woomera. The controversial rocket and munitions testing captures Anthony's imagination. But is it really as safe as the government says?

The British Government's going to test atomic bombs on the Woomera Rocket Range. Mum said that if she'd known they were going to test atomic bombs here, she'd never have come. What's she worried about? It's only a bomb.

Times are tough in Crete and Sophia's father has decided to make a fresh start in Melbourne. Sophia struggles to learn English and to get used to the strange new customs, but no matter how hard she tries no-one at school wants to make friends with a foreigner. Then her talent for running starts to make a difference. With Olympic fever gripping Melbourne, Sophia's courage and determination is rewarded in unexpected ways, and the 1956 Olympic Games surprises everyone.

Fishpond New Zealand, A Marathon of Her Own (My Australian Story) by Irini Savvides. Buy Books online: A Marathon of Her Own (My Australian Story), ISBN Irini Savvides

More bombs exploded and within seconds several ships were on fire. Japanese planes flew so close to me that I could not only see the red circles painted under their wings, but I could see the pilots' faces.  It only took a moment. It was a moment that Tom would always remember-that morning of 19 February 1942, when everything changed . . . changed from peace to war.

Fishpond Australia, My Australian Story: Bombing of Darwin by Alan Tucker. Buy Books online: My Australian Story: Bombing of Darwin, ISBN Alan Tucker

Jan Packard starts a diary because she is bored, but she suddenly finds there is a lot happening around her. Everyone seems to be changing and doing things she never expected. Her mum is attending consciousness-raising meetings, her best friend has gone boy-crazy, she discovers her older brother was a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, and there are protests and politics everywhere.

Booktopia has Secrets and Sisterhood, My Australian Story by Jenny Pausacker. Buy a discounted Paperback of Secrets and Sisterhood online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

"You'd hardly know our street anymore...it looks like some place in Africa where there's been fighting, not like Sydney. I know they had to pull down houses that you couldn't live in no more and they'll put up new ones - instead only they'll be different so The Rocks'll really never look the same again, will it?" The year 1900 was a momentous one for Kitty Barnes. Bubonic plague, the Black Death, was killing large numbers of people; the country was on the verge of becoming a federation...

The year 1900 was a momentous one for Kitty Barnes. Bubonic plague, the Black Death, was killing large numbers of people; the country was on the verge of becoming a federation; Kitty's brother was in Africa fighting in the Boer.

Darwin's almost completely destroyed; buildings, shops, houses, cars. Whole streets are gone, even the signposts. And now the people are going. Evacuations started today. Ryan just wants to hang out with his mates, go fishing and avoid being hassled by his dad, the super-strict deputy principal. But troubles with his dad are nothing compared with what lies ahead: Cyclone Tracy is about to hit Darwin.

Fishpond New Zealand, Cyclone Tracy (My Australian Story) by Alan Tucker. Buy Books online: Cyclone Tracy (My Australian Story), ISBN Alan Tucker

Phar Lap is not only a winner, he is a real star. Millions of Australians love him. But that's not enough for Mr Davis. He wants to make Big Red into a world star. Sally's dad is a private detective, and he's just been offered the case of a lifetime-investigating who tried to shoot Phar Lap before the 1930 Melbourne Cup...

Booktopia has The Phar Lap Mystery, My Australian Story by Sophie Masson. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Phar Lap Mystery online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Victor McDonald is cricket mad. He plays for his school team and his dream is to meet his cricketing hero, Don Bradman. But Australia is in the grip of the Great Depression. Work isn't easy to come by. Victor's father has lost his job and the family is moving to Sydney. Despite the daily struggle of life in inner Sydney, Victor not only sees Don Bradman in action, but also gets to meet him...

Booktopia has Our Don Bradman, My Australian Story by Peter Allen. Buy a discounted Paperback of Our Don Bradman online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

It scares me a lot, thinking of Dad out there, far away in that dangerous, terrible place, wondering how it will be when he comes back - if he comes back, that is ... Marie's dad has been away for two years, fighting on the Somme battlefields in northern France. For months there has been no word from him, no letters or postcards. Marie and her mother are sick with worry, so they decide to stop waiting - and instead travel to France, to try to find out what has happened to him.

Fishpond New Zealand, My Father's War (My Australian Story) by Sophie Masson. Buy Books online: My Father's War (My Australian Story), ISBN Sophie Masson

Jack McLaren's dream is to be an automobile mechanic. When his uncle offers him an apprenticeship in Longreach, Jack jumps at the chance. Little does Jack know that his long trip to central Queensland will be the start of a whole new dream. Jack is soon on the first automobile ever to travel the Gulf Track from Longreach to Katherine. With him are two World War I pilots with dreams of their own...

Booktopia has Fords and Flying Machines, My Australian Story by Patricia Bernard. Buy a discounted Paperback of Fords and Flying Machines online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

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