Monday, 13 July 2015

The Big Book of Australian History

The Big Book of Australian History by Peter Macinnis (NLA Publishing)
PB RRP $39.99
ISBN 9780642278722

Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

The Big Book of Australian History presents a ‘broad overview’ of Australian history from Ancient Australia that reaches back 3.5 billion years, until today. The outstanding illustrations are taken from the extensive collections of the National Library of Australia. They give visual reinforcement to the text and make it a valuable resource for ages 8-16, or in my opinion, an ageless audience.

This finely produced reference book of 292 pages is compiled under 20 headings, extending into a generous amount of sub-categories. These categories are specific milestones in Australia’s rich history and can be accessed at random, under chronological or subject order, or under names or titles, all listed in the 9 page Index.

The subjects include The Dreamtime, Early Settlement, political, social and religious aspects of history, Federation, the Wars, Antarctic Exploration, Flight, Immigration, sporting history, famous Australians who have left their mark on the world, and so much more.

This beautiful and must-have compilation was created ‘with the help of a consultant historian, Indigenous advisor, and teachers and students. It is ideal for those who want a simple, detailed but accessible look at Australia’s History. It’s also an essential acquisition for schools and libraries, even overseas visitors, or as an indispensible book to dip into whenever information is called for. Coming soon is The Big Book of Indigenous History, edited by Professor John Maynard. Look out for it.
This book would suit readers aged 8 to 16 years.


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