When Lachlan Macquarie was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1810, Sydney was still a penal colony. By the time he returned to London in 1822, Australia had its first bank and currency, and Sydney was a free settlement with more than 250 new buildings. Here is the story of the man who changed Australia.
Michael Sedunary’s narrative is both informative and interactive; he poses questions and points out modern parallels. Bern Emmerichs’ extraordinary illustrations capture the lively naïveté of the painting and drawings of that time with the sophisticated, clever techniques of illustration today. The illustrations are all painted on large ceramic tiles that are individually fired between each layer of colour.
Michael is an experienced and successful author who shares his time between Melbourne and country Victoria. Over the past 30 years, Michael has written extensively for children on subjects ranging from Languages Other Than English to AFL football. While his overarching motivation has been educational, story telling has always been central to whatever he writes.
Bern Emmerichs is a highly celebrated artist in Australia. Her works are in the Australian National Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria and collections all around the world. Bern Emmerichs is renowned for her work which explores historical narratives of Australia's First Settlement.
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