Heroes, Rebels and Innovators

Publication Date: 28 Jul. 2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9780734419835

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    Be inspired and amazed by these incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander icons! With colourful artwork and evocative writing, this book tells stories every Australian should know.


    Powerful and exciting: here are seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Amongst these are Patyegarang, a Darug woman who worked with a British officer of the First Fleet, teaching him words from local Aboriginal languages - together they made the first written record of any Aboriginal languages; Mohara Wacando-Lifu, a woman of Torres Strait Islander, Niue Islander and Papua New Guinea heritage and the first Indigenous woman to receive the Royal Humane Society's Gold Medal for bravery; Yarri and Jacky Jacky, who led the rescue of sixty-nine people during the Gundagai floods of 1852.

    Each colourful spread in this illustrated book tells a compelling story.

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    Book Type: Junior Non-Fiction
    Age Group: 8 years +
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    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: /5
    Literary Rating: /5


    Heroes, Rebels and Innovators tells seven different stories of prominent, incredible, outstanding First Nations people in Australia’s past.

    These tales include the story of Bungaree, the Darug man who circumnavigated Australia with Matthew Flinders, the story of David Unaipon, the Ngarrindjeri inventor and author featured on the Australian $50 note, and several more.

    Each story is told in two parts, firstly through a lyrical, powerful narrative of the events leading to the individual’s notoriety, followed by a short informational section clearly detailing the important facts of that particular story.

    This collection of First Nations stories is a wonderful, impactful resource for learning about the incredibly significant and ultimately under-represented role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people played in Australia’s history. The information included is easy to comprehend for younger readers, and ultimately this work aims to encourage readers to further explore First Nations cultures, people, and literacy.


    Content Notes

    1. The illustrations include partial depictions of Indigenous women with bare breasts (p. 7, 15). 2. References made throughout to racism and colonialism. Tarenorerer was kidnapped and forced into unpaid servitude (p. 14). 3. Mentions throughout of the deaths of historical figures (p. 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30).

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