I first became aware of Our Sunburnt Country about six years ago when I was looking for an Australian history book to read aloud with my two oldest children, then aged 6 and 8. One of my friends recommended it and handed me her copy. She said it was very popular amongst homeschoolers as an excellent narrative style account of our history. So the kids and I sat on the couch and learned together our Australian history. The children loved the exciting stories and enjoyed the illustrations. My goal was to read one chapter per sitting but often I was begged for another chapter or two. I didn’t mind at all; it was a good read, and I was sounding quite knowledgeable at dinner parties. When I was asked by others parents what I would recommend for teaching Australian history, I would unequivocally recommend Our Sunburnt Country, with the additional apology that it was out of print and they would have to hunt around and find one secondhand. I was so excited when Arthur Baillie agreed to allow us to republish Our Sunburnt Country. I was even more excited when I read through his updated and revised version. Arthur is still passionate about Australian history and has been able to thoughtfully update his original version with added information that was not publicly known and new historic events that have occurred since1964.

This book will be enjoyed by young and old. It can also be used as the basis for studying Australian history with children.


Michelle Morrow

Publisher Downunder Literature

March, 2008

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