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Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years : Fair Dinkum Histories Series : Book 1 - Jackie French

Shipwreck, Sailors and 60,000 Years

Fair Dinkum Histories Series : Book 1

By: Jackie French, Peter Sheehan (Illustrator)


Published: 1st February 2009
For Ages: 8+ years old
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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 here for tens of thousands of years...

In a grand sweeping narrative, Jackie French touches on just about everything human that happened on the Australian continent prior to British settlement. There are illustrations, cartoons and jokes on every page.



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An interesting and informative read!


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  • Easy To Understand
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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!!

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    Jackie French

    Jackie was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014/15 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.  She is also an historian, ecologist, dyslexic, and a passionate worker for literacy, the right of all children to be able to read, and the power of books.

    Jackie's writing career spans 25 years, 148 wombats, over 140 books, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, and over 60 awards in Australia and overseas. 

    Her books range from provocative historical fiction such as Hitler’s Daughter and They Came on Viking Ships to the hilarious international bestseller, Diary of a Wombat with Bruce Whatley, as well as many nonfiction titles such as The Fascinating History of Your Lunch, and To the Moon and Back (with Bryan Sullivan), the history of Australia’s Honeysuckle Creek and man’s journey to the moon.

    In 2000, Hitler’s Daughter was awarded the CBC Younger Readers’ Award. To the Moon and Back won the Eve Pownall Award in 2005. Macbeth and Son, and Josephine Wants to Dance were both shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Awards.

    Visit Jackie French 's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781741693133
    ISBN-10: 1741693136
    Series: Fair Dinkum Histories
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 8+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 176
    Published: 1st February 2009
    Publisher: Scholastic Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.6  x 1.3
    Weight (kg): 0.19