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      AussieHomeschool Closing Down   11/14/2019

      All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so.   As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is.       Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.

      I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family.   On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS.   God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids /  AussieHomeschool)

SALE!!! take 25% off all prices

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Hello ladies,

This is a large combined list of LIVING BOOKS and PICTURE BOOKS, most of them by Australian authors.

I am a retired homeschooling mother of 4 adult children.

I sell books that might be of interest to homeschooling families.

I do this for a bit of retirement *income* and my prices reflect that, but I do tend to charge quite a lot less than EBay prices. Your purchase is appreciated. 

I now mostly sell via an email list I send out to ladies who like the books I sell.(You're welcome to join ..please message me with your email address.)

or just send me a message on this board.



9.3.20...SALE!!! take 25% off all prices 


CBCA = Children's book Council of Australia


I Saw Nothing: The Extinction of the Thylacine by Gary Crew & Mark Wilson ex-library HC GC $15 (quite rare & very expensive elsewhere!)

"Rosie never liked Elias Churchill, and she liked him even less when he trapped the last tiger-wolf ever to be seen. Churchill didn't kill the tiger-wolf for its bounty; he bundled it into a cage, scratched and bloody, and sent it by train to some unknown place. It was moaning and sad. It liked its freedom, Rosie could tell, just as much as her father had, before he died in the bush after being trapped under a log for three days. Then Rosie and her mother had to move to Hobart to work, but it was the Depression and it was hard, especially if you re from the country."


homeschooler recommendations:





CBCA award

RIVER MURRAY MARY by Colin Thiele (Weldon 1980) dj in vgc Hardcover in Excellent Condition $20 (2 copies available)

this is a beautiful, large format, 72 page book with superb illustrations, many full-page, by Robert Ingpen

River Murray Mary is Mary Agnes Baker, who lives with her parents at Gum Flat Farm on the banks of the mighty Murray.  Her father is a ‘soldier settler’, one of the men who took up a government offer of land when they returned from the first World War.

Life was hard and sometimes dangerous in the 1920s, when the soldier settlers were opening up new land.  Mary’s adventures include many encounters with tiger snakes, which abounded in that area, and the story of how she saves her dog Snap when he has been bitten by a snake is a poignant portrait of a child’s love for her animal friend.

But life was not all hardship and work, for there was time to enjoy river life…until it rose in flood and swept away everything that the family had worked for.  This gave Mary her biggest adventure when, with the help of Abel Stenross, she fought the floodwaters to bring a doctor to her injured mother.

recommended by homeschoolers:



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CBCA Award

My Place by Nadia Wheatley & Donna Rawlins (Collins 1987) HC VGC $15

(also SC GC $10)

20th anniversary edition 

My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a 'time machine' which takes the reader back into the past. It depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life. The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant



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has lovely illustrations throughout

"Retelling for children of Jeannie Gunn's autobiography ; describes living conditions on a Northern Territory cattle station in 1902 ; includes encounters with the local Aboriginal people"

*dj chipped




TRIM by Matthew Flinders  (1st edition Collins 1977) HC/DJ VGC $20 (signed by illustrator)

The story of a brave, seafaring cat who, in the company of Matthew Flinders, circumnavigated the globe in the years 1799-1804.

Did you know...there is a statue of Trim in Sydney...outside the Mitchell Library

illustrated by Annette Macarthur-Onslow . 








CURRENCY LASS by Margaret Reeson (Albatross 1986-89) PB EC  $15 (2 available)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - suit older girls - adults

Life in the convict colony of New South Wales was harsh and often cruel. But for free-settlers like the Hassalls, Sydney was home. As one of the few eligible Australian-born girls, Mary Hassall was much admired. This recreation of her life from contemporary letters and diaries vividly portrays her emerging adulthood, romance and life in Sydney and on the islands of Tonga. This is a story of raw courage and perseverance, hope and disappointment - giving intimate insight into a vital personality that still speaks to us today.

http://lem.com.au/index.php?menusort=supplier&Menu1=SL&Menu2=SL~Secondary to Adult&Products=SL~Secondary to Adult~Margaret Reeson&CatNo=241702&mode=browse


recommended by Mummyree and Daughter of Eve:


recommended by homeschoolers:






CERTAIN LIVES by Margaret Reeson PB VGC/EC $12 (2 available)

recommended by Mummyree and Daughter of Eve:


homeschooler recommended:


by Nooby:





WHERABOUTS UNKNOWN by Margaret Reeson PB EC $12 

One day in late June 1942, over a thousand men were taken from an internment coup in Rabaul, New Guinea. They were never seen again, and the mystery surrounding their fate remains. From the author of CURRENCY LASS comes this vigorous account, gleaned from original wartime records and vivid memories,of a lost moment in history. In particular, it focuses on a group of missionary wives who were sent back to Australia before the Japanese invasion, and on a handful of missionary nurses who disappeared behind enemy lines....a moving testimony to the testing and strengthening of their faith.

500 pages.

homeschooler recommended:

http://lem.com.au/index.php?menusort=supplier&Menu1=SL&Menu2=SL~Secondary to Adult&Products=SL~Secondary to Adult~Margaret Reeson&catsubject=&CatNo=241726&mode=browse



MATES AT BILLABONG by Mary Grant Bruce (Ward Lock 1977) HC EC $10


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WE OF THE NEVER-NEVER by Mrs Aeneas Gunn (Hutchinson 1971) HC/DJ  VGC* $8

*light spotting to dj and endpps

In 1902 Jeannie Gunn, a Melbourne schoolteacher, went with her new husband to live on the remote Elsey cattle station near the Roper River in the Northern Territory. though she spent little more than a year there, her experiences in the outback and her contact with the local Aborigines impressed her deeply, and on her return to Melbourne she set down her recollections in two books, We of the Never Never and The Little Black Princess.

recommended by homeschoolers:






AUSTRALIAN PICTURE BOOKS (or Australian author)


The first two are by Freya Blackwood who is an amazing Australian illustrator.


THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild & Freya Blackwood Hardcover! EC $12 (retail $28)

CBCA award-winning illustrator

A moving and ultimately hopeful look at what we hold most dear -- and carry with us -- when we are forced to flee our homes because of war. When the enemy bombs the library, everything burns, and only one book survives. As war rages around them, Peter and his father, alongside so many refugees, flee their home, taking with them a treasure box that holds something rarer than rubies and more precious than gold. They journey through mud and rain and long cold nights, and soon survival becomes more important than any possession. But as the years go by, Peter never forgets the treasure box, and one day he returns to find it. This moving story from celebrated author Margaret Wild is illustrated with Freya Blackwood's subtly affecting artwork, which incorporates pages of children's books in translation. The result is a haunting and beautiful tale of the power of stories and the resilience of the human spirit.







AMY & LOUISE by Libby Gleeson & Freya Blackwood SC EC $7

CBCA Award

Amy and Louis live next door to each other, and their lives are closely intertwined. Theirs is a life rich in imagination-they see dragons in the clouds and make castles out of cardboard. But when Amy's family moves to another country, the children are separated and the colour drains out of their lives. Until Louis discovers how to rebuild their special bond. This is a loving, moving, goose-bumping tale of deep friendship. The spare, evocative text-enhanced by illustrations of rare sensitivity and insight-strike directly at the heart.




FLAPPER, VC by Mark Wilson HC NEW $10

CBCA award

FLAPPER, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II. Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper is sent off to war in the Pacific. While on patrol deep in the jungle, Flapper's unit find themselves surrounded by enemy troops. With no other means of communication, the men's only hope of survival is Flapper, who has to evade enemy snipers and machine guns to get a message through to save the patrol. Flapper was awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross for his actions that day, and his medal is proudly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This memorable tale, illustrated with Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, is a moving story of animals in war.





PRAYER FOR THE ANIMALS by Mark Wilson HC  NEW $10 (was $28)

not actually a prayer ☺️

written by multi award-winning Australian author/illustrator

" a picture book for children of all ages. It is not only a plea for animals that are endangered or on the brink of extinction, but also a celebration of all the wonderful creatures we share the world with. "








Stickeen: John Muir and the Little Brave Dog SC EC $8

This true tale actually happened in Alaska to the famous naturalist, John Muir, and it became what he called the most memorable of all his wild days. One day, Muir set out to explore a huge glacier during a blizzard. Stickeen...an aloof little dog belonging to a fellow traveller...insisted on going along. They become stranded on the glacier. The only way out was over a precarious ice bridge, dangerous for a man and almost impossible for a dog. When amazingly they both escape, Stickeen's aloofness is replaced by rapturous adoration for Muir. The author skilfully weaves Muir's own words, the illustrations are extraordinary, and the result is a classic.

see inside:


CM recommended:





Animals You Will Never Forget (Reader's Digest) HC VGC $12

416 pages of great reading for children AND adults

I highly recommend this volume and its companion Animals Can Be Almost Human.

"From its earliest days Reader's Digest has published some of the most outstanding animal stories ever written. Animals You Will Never Forget is a collection of 72 of these stories - all of them true - about beloved pets or wild animals that have assumed special significance in the lives of the authors. There are humorous stories, stories of high adventure and stories that will warm your heart. You will meet a horse that is a ham, a coquette of a hen, a fish that likes to dance, a cat that is a dandy. You will travel far and wide: to the Antarctic with a team of huskies, to Burma with a herd of elephants, to a tiger-infested jungle in Singapore. You will be moved by the lesson a small boy learns from a mouse, by the special bond between a girl and a falcon, by the two horses who make their peace after the death of their young mistress. After reading this book you will understand why Walt Whitman wrote: 'I think I could life with animals, they are so placid and self-contained... Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.'  "

see inside:


homeschooler recommended:





JOHNNY APPLESEED: A POEM by Reeve Lindbergh SC EC $8

hard to part with this!

"There is no lack of books about Jon Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, but this is an outstanding addition to the collection. Lindbergh's ( The Midnight Farm ; Benjamin's Barn ) poem tells the story of one man's crusade to spread apple seeds from Massachusetts to the Midwest. Jakobsen's captivating illustrations, rendered in deep tones of rustic blues, browns and golds, are reminiscent of detailed folk art paintings as they depict Johnny on the road, planting and harvesting, talking with settlers. On facing pages borders fashioned like patchwork quilt squares enrich the tale with their minute details. Too many versions of the Johnny Appleseed legend make him into a superhero; this work shows him as a gentle, religious man on a mission, a lover of the land with a consuming interest in the environment. Ages 4-9."

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ANNO'S FLEA MARKET By Mitsumasa Anno HC EC $12

Fascinating wordless book...beloved author/illustrator.

"Depicts the treasures and trash of a flea market, one Saturday morning in the town square, as men, women, and children buy and sell everything imaginable."

homeschooler review:








THE FIRST WORLD WAR: The Complete TV Series (ABC)

3 DVDs - 10 hours of viewing BRAND NEW IN UNOPENED SHRINK WRAP

rated Exempt

This definitive ten-part series offers insight and analysis to provide a coherent and strategic military narrative of the worldwide conflict that changed history.

more info:





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Hi Margaret,

was wondering if these two books may be available still🙏🏻🙏🏻
THE TREASURE BOX by Margaret Wild & Freya Blackwood


CERTAIN LIVES by Margaret Reeson PB VGC/EC $12 


thank you

anna ( morialta4me)

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