Teaching Notes

Caroline Chisholm: The Emigrant's Friend

‘If Captain James Cook discovered Australia – if John Macarthur planted the first seeds of its extraordinary prosperity – if Ludwig Leichhardt penetrated and explored its before unknown interior – Caroline Chisholm has done much more: she has peopled – she alone has colonised in the true sense of the term.’ - Henry Parkes’ Empire newspaper, 15 August 1859.AUTHOR : Tania McCartneyILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

Dame Nellie Melba

Six-year-old Helen Porter just wanted to sing on stage. As a child, and then a teenager, she continued to pursue her dream of being a great opera star. In 1886, aged 25 she left Melbourne for the bright lights of London. Born Helen Porter Mitchel, she changed her name to reflect her Melbourne heritage. In 1887 Nellie Melba made her operatic debut. She went on to sing in all the great opera houses of Europe. During World War 1 Nellie Melba worked tirelessly holding many fundraising concerts for the war effort. Nellie Melba was the first great Australian diva.AUTHOR : Gabiann MarinILLUSTRATOR : Rae DaleDOWNLOAD NOTES

Edith Cowan: A Quiet Woman of Note

Edith Cowan overcame a violent past, dedicating her life to social and political reform, and eventually became the first woman elected to Australian parliament.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Angela GrzegrzolkaDOWNLOAD NOTES

Professor Fred Hollows

'Three out of four people who are blind, don't have to be. They are blinded by poverty alone'. Fred grew up in New Zealand. As a kid he wanted to change things. He qualified as an eye doctor and moved to Australia. Dr Frederick (Fred) Cossom Hollows gave 'vision' to more than a million people. He worked in remote and Aboriginal communities providing much needed aid, often for free.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop

Ernie Dunlop was determined to become a doctor from an early age. Born in Melbourne, he was fascinated with both medical science and physical challenges. Whilst studying medicine he earned the nickname ‘Weary’ and gained a reputation as a dedicated doctor and sportsman. In November 1939, after the outbreak of World War II, Weary signed up for the Australian Army. In April 1942, Weary and his men were captured and became prisoners of war. During this time Weary became known for his leadership and communication skills with the enemy. After the war Weary was committed to caring for war veterans.AUTHOR : Hazel EdwardsILLUSTRATOR : Pat ReynoldsDOWNLOAD NOTES

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