Making Australia

Making Australia


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In this issue we put Aussie history under the spotlight to find out who, and what, made Australia. From the British decision-makers who chose Australia for a faraway penal colony, to the first Indigenous peacemakers, to the wackiest early Prime Ministers, Australia was shaped by the stories inside these pages!

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Making Australia Timeline
From the First Australians, to the hopeful diggers of the goldfields and the less-hopeful diggers of Galipolli, we take a bitesize look at the events that made Australia.

Australian Icons & Legends
By Catherine Gordon
Phar Lap, the Great Barrier Reef, Anzac Biscuits, Waltzing Matilda, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Aboriginal flag are recognised around the world. But do you know how they came to be?

Why Australia?
By Lucy Singer
Australia was settled by convicts - perhaps there's one on your family tree! But why did Britain choose Australia for its penal colony? Simple! NO room, NO work, NO one's land, NO worries, mate!

Yemmarrawanne & Bennelong: Forging Friendships
By Brenda Gurr
If you've ever found yourself in a strange place where you don't quite fit in, then you might know what it felt like to be Yemmarrawanne and Bennelong, the first Aboriginal men to travel to London in 1792.

The Secret Lives of Australia's Earliest Prime Ministers
By Arran Gerrard
Which one of Australia's earliest Prime Ministers had the nickname 'Toby Tosspot'? And which one talked to ghosts?! 

Apollo to Zeus: An A-Z of Greek Gods and Goddesses
By Cameron Paul
In this hilarious alphabet of Greek deities, we dissect some way-too-complicated family trees and find out which were the worst gods and goddesses to make angry (steer clear of Lamia!)

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Potsdam Giant?
By Sharona Lin
They were the 18th century Prussian soldiers who would have made way better basketball players... The super-tall Potsdam Giants! 

How to Create a Secret Society
By Kate Barry
Some secret societies through history were, and continue to be, sosecret, that nobody except their members knows what they do! Sounds cool, huh? So practice your secret handshake and meet me on page 42... shhhhh...

The Vikings
By Louis Urschitz, 11 (Junior Historian)
Louis takes us aboard a Viking ship in his winning submissions to the HistoriCool Junior Historian Program.

HistoriCool Artifact: Ear Trumpet
Mouth trumpets are sooooo last century...

HistoriCool Person: She is Malala
Malala Yousafzai is an inspiration. This is the story behind the world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Gory Story: The Groom of the Stool
If you've ever wondered about the toileting habits of Tudor kings then... lucky you... we've researched your oddly specific interest... 

History in the Headlines: 100-Year-Old Kitty in Boots Found
We love it when history makes the headlines! Especially when it involves Peter Rabbit's never-before-seen feline friend! 

My History: with Karl Kruszelnicki
Dr Karl talks to us about his history, the Bermuda Triangle and how a toilet seat helped to end World War I!

HistoriCook: Bush Tucker
Make some damper and tuck into a piece of Australian history!

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