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Australian Historical Fiction

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This week we are featuring some Australian historical fiction titles. You can reserve the titles shown for $1.35 each, or check for these and other titles next time you visit a library branch. The featured titles by Evelyn Conlon and Deborah Burrows are also available in eBook format on Overdrive
A time of secrets / by Deborah Burrows
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June, 1943. In wartime Melbourne, Australian Women's Army sergeant Stella Aldridge hears that someone in the Australian Intelligence Bureau is trading secrets and it's up to her to find the traitor, even if it means putting herself in the firing line...
Hunger town / by Wendy Scarfe
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In the years of Australia's Great Depression, Judith Larsen grows up on a coaling hulk in the Port Adelaide River. She falls in love with Harry, a dreamer who embraces the dogma of the Communist Party while she flourishes as a satirical cartoonist.
Rebecca's dream / by Carol Preston
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Marengo, New South Wales, 1873. Rebecca Oakes is only thirteen when her mother dies. Rebecca is left alone to care for her ageing father. But she has a dream for her own life and has to fight the systems of her time to achieve her goals.
Not the same sky / by Evelyn Conlon
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By 1848 famine has ravaged Ireland. A shortage of female labour in Australia offers a solution and so, over 4000 Irish girls are shipped to the new colony. This is the story of Honora, Julia, Bridget and Anne, following them as they begin their new lives
My love must wait / by Ernestine Hill
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The story of Matthew Flinders and his bride Ann Chappell. He left her behind for 9 yrs as he carried out great feats of seamanship and navigation, charting much of Australia's coastline, being shipwrecked and later held prisoner by the French on Mauritius
Rainbow in a bottle / by Joan B. Cooper
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The 1890s in Australia is a time of harsh racism. Henry Grimshaw is on a passionate crusade to save the Aboriginal people of North Queensland. Incurring the wrath of his mother, his sister Ellen falls in love with a Kalangari man.
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