Big Book of Australian History

Author(s): Peter Macinnis

Children's Non-Fiction

This is the second edition of The Big Book of Australian History, awarded ‘Notable Book’ by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2014. Drawing on the impressive collections of the National Library of Australia, this comprehensive book provides children with an interesting and engaging overview of the history of Australia. It covers many of the main events in the nation’s history, including:


• Ancient Australia 

• The Dreaming

• Voyages of discovery 

• Founding colonies

• The explorers

• The lure of gold

• Settling the land

• The growth of cities 

• Federation 

• Becoming Anzacs

• Modern times

• The Great Depression

• Defending Australia

• Building for the future

• Controversial issues

• Dealing with disasters

• The sporting life 

• Embracing multiculturalism 

• On the world stage


Packed with colourful images and interesting facts, The Big Book of Australian History introduces children to the many people and events that have made Australia what it is today. It also encourages them to think about how Australia has evolved as a nation.


The book features stunning images from the collections of the National Library of Australia by artists (such as Joseph Lycett, John Gould and S.T. Gill) and photographers (such as Frank Hurley, Bruce Howard and Peter Dombrovskis). It also tells the stories of some of the most significant contributors to Australia’s cultural, political, sporting and social life, including Captain James Cook, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, inventor David Unaipon, aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, first female member of parliament Enid Lyons, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, land rights leader Vincent Lingiari, and the first female prime minister, Julia Gillard.


This is a book to dip into and savour. Author Peter Macinnis’ enthusiastic retelling of Australia’s story is infectious. Among the big events and the great moments that have shaped the country, Macinnis also includes lesser-known, interesting details that bring Australian history to life.


For example, did you know that, in 1934, the ABC developed ‘synthetic’ cricket, in which radio broadcasters gave a ball-by-ball description of the game, using sound effects to simulate the sound of bat on ball and the applause of the crowd? 


The Big Book of Australian History was created with the help of a consultant historian, Indigenous advisor, and teachers and students. 


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780642278722
  • : National Library of Australia
  • : National Library of Australia
  • : May 2015
  • : 297mm X 230mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Macinnis
  • : Paperback
  • : 515
  • : en
  • : 994
  • : 288