In 1493 the Pope gave Portugal the half of the
world that included eastern Australia. By 1770 the
Dutch had claimed the western, northern and
southern coastlines of the continent-and Cook
claimed the east coast for the British in 1770. But
unlike the Europeans who claimed New Holland as
their own, many nations of Indigenous people had
already been living there for tens of thousands of
years . . .
About The Author
Jacqueline Anne "Jackie" French (born 29 November 1953) is an award-winning Australian author. She writes mainly children's fiction and books on gardening.
Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane, but moved to the bush in her early twenties. She is a keen gardener and appeared on the TV series Burke's Backyard. She has written well over a hundred books. Jackie lives in New South Wales, near the small town of Braidwood at Araluen. She began writing when she was 30, in a desperate attempt to get enough money together to register her car. At the time, she was living in a tin shed with a black snake named Gladys and a wombat named Smudge. A hundred and thirty-two books later, she is still writing and is often dubbed Australia's most popular children's writer. Jackie also appears regularly on radio and television.
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Comments about Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years:
Used as a classroom read-a-loud, this book engaged and enthused my Grade 4 students. The fun facts were easy to understand and helped bring the lesser known history of Australia to life.
Another Jackie French success!!
Series: Fair Dinkum Histories
For Ages: 8+ years old
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st February 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.800 x 13.800