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The Colony is the story of the marvellously contrary, endlessly energetic early years of Sydney. It is an intimate account of the transformation of a campsite in a beautiful cove to the town that later became Australia's largest and best-known city....
The young men who worked in the cane fields of northern New south Wales in 1914 couldn’t wait to set off for the adventure of war. The women coped as best they could, raised the children and lived in fear of an official telegram. They grieved for those killed, and learnt of worse things than death in combat. The Ghost of the Wedding chronicles events from both sides of war: the horror of the battlefields and the women left at home. Walker’s depictions of those are grittily accurate, their reverberations haunting.
In a moving letter to her captor, sixteen-year-old Gemma relives her kidnapping from Bangkok airport while on holiday. Taken by Ty, her troubled young stalker, to the wild and desolate Australian outback, she reflects on a landscape from which there’s no escape. In a story of survival, passion and darkness, Gemma reveals how she had to deal with the nightmare, or die trying to fight it.
It’s 1967. The world is rocking, and Neil is growing up fast. Neil Bridges attends a Catholic boys’ school in which teachers rule with iron fists and thick leather straps. Some crumble under the pressure but Neil toughs it out, just as his Vietnam-bound older brother has done before him. He has to be a man, after all. But at sixteen, how can he be sure of himself when he’s not sure of anything else? He loses a friend and finds another, falls in love and unwittingly treads a path that leads to revenge and possibly murder . . .
So far, Marc E. Jarvis has lost a white football boot, a school tie and a best friend. But there's more in store for him when he completes Work Experience at a local car yard – where his world is truly rocked, shocked and shaken. Then Marc meets Electra. And nothing will ever be the same again . . . A story of true friends, crazed coaches, shooting stars, and loves lost and found.
One of the country's finest young cellists, 16 year-old Hugh Twycross has a very bright future. A future that has been mapped out by his parents, his teachers, by everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross. Hugh has a secret, though: he loves cars and he loves car racing. When his newly discovered grandfather, Poppy, asks him to go on a road trip to Uluru in his 1970 Holden HT Monaro, Hugh decides, for once in his life, to do the unexpected. But Poppy has a secret that will unravel both their lives and take them in a direction they never expected.
Heloise lives with her godmother in an isolated cottage. Next door is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child. Visitors enter it with a smile and depart with fear in their eyes. One day, Heloise finds a doll under the floorboards. Against her godmother's wishes, she keeps it. And that's when the delicate truce between Heloise and her godmother begins to unravel . . . Heloise runs away. She journeys far, but one day she must return to uncover the secret at the heart of her being.
When Fan was little she dreamed of magical countries in the far away blue hills. As she grew up she dreamed of love, and the boys came after her one by one by one....
Imagine your name is John Lennon, only everyone calls you Beatle. And then you meet your Dream girl and her name is Destiny McCartney. But what if you're already with the perfect girl? A novel about change, chance and everybody doing the wrong thing.
The Orange Regional Museum received $90,000 to assist with the purchase of an ornamental centrepiece, the Campbell epergne.
A new online survey is asking Indigenous Australians what languages they identify with.
Our latest video takes a look inside the Cook and the Pacific exhibition at the National Library of Australia.
A mobile language team, proudly supported by the Indigenous Languages and Arts program, is helping revive ancient languages.
This year the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) celebrates 60 years of supporting Australian performing artists.
From the titles of towns to streets, rivers and mountain ranges: Indigenous names surround us in Australia.
Imagine if your mother tongue was at risk of never being heard again.
An International Year of Indigenous Languages-themed conference has highlighted the importance of keeping the conversation around language going.
Apply now to showcase an arts project at a festival or significant one-off community celebration in a regional or remote Australia.
New Zealand is set to join Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) as the first international member.