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Dec 11 2014

Australia's greatest landmarks and locations by Virginia Grant

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Random House Australia, 2014. ISBN: 9780857983886
Highly recommended for readers from 10 - adult and for Years 6-9, History and Social Sciences. Australia's Greatest Landmarks and Locations is the third comprehensive information book in the Australia's Greatest series. Celebrating the diverse geographical wonders from Uluru to the Great Barrier Reef, iconic buildings, famous beaches and natural attractions, this book explores our nation's amazing places and historical background. This is an excellent resource for school libraries.
Places of cultural and political significance such as Old Parliament House in Canberra, Fremantle Prison, The MCG and the German settlement of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills are clearly and concisely explained. Each state's indigenous heritage is included with recognition of their traditional lands, significant events - The Mabo Treaty and art and artists. In the Northern Territory, the Nitmiluk Gorge system, previously Katherine Gorge, is an amazing sandstone feature with walls higher than 70 metres, this land was handed back to the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.
Editor Virginia Grant has written and produced a comprehensive, factual book, that is easy to read with bold titles and labelled paragraphs. Photographs accompany each entry and extra information is included in text boxes. A bold photo collage concludes each section. The information covers climate, environment, history, sport, art, everything Australian from The Aboriginal Messenger to Zebra the ship that brought the German settlers to Port Adelaide. The comprehensive reference list websites for further research. This would make a great present for an overseas visitor or for an adult who enjoys reading factual books.
Rhyllis Bignell

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