Birrong Books is a division of Boyer Educational Resources.
Birrong Books
'Birrong' means star in the language of the Aboriginal people living around Sydney Harbour when Europeans arrived.
We chose the name for our business because our aim is to bring stellar Australian stories to the world.

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This A5 reader is 'Out of Print'. The stories can be read in the Language Workbook which is still available along with the audio CD.
Australian History         People in Australia's Past - their stories, their achievements (A5)
The reader contains 18 short stories of people in Australia's past who pioneered and helped the creation of Australia.
Price:   $12.95 (AUD)     ISBN: 9781877074349     Size: A5

Level:   Intermediate     Age group:  school age students to adult
Other:   Audio CD:  Yes      Self study:  Yes      Answers:  Yes      Teacher's book:  Yes (language workbook)
Skills practised:   Reading , listening comprehesion and writing
Other features:   ‘People in Australia’s past’ tells the amazing stories of just a few of the Aboriginal, British and native born men and women who have shaped Australia’s history.
 

Australian History               People in Australia's Past - Audio CD
Audio CD to be used with 'People in Australia's Past - their stories, their achievements'.
This CD has the audio narrations for the 18 about people in Australia's past.
Price:   $19.95 (AUD)     ISBN: 9781877074356

 

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Australian History               People in Australia's Past - language workbook (A4 spiral)
Contains language activities to accompany each story of courage, achievement, and fame about people in Australia's past.
Price:   $44.95 (AUD)     ISBN: 9781877074363     Size: A4 & spiral bound
Level:   Intermediate     Age group:  school age students to adult
Other:   Audio CD:  Yes      Self study:  Yes      Answers:  Yes      Teacher's book:  Yes (language workbook)
Skills practised:   Reading, listening, writing, spelling, grammar practise and comprehension.
Other features:   Accompanying each story, are language activities such as, vocabulary building activities, comprehension activities, spelling and grammar worksheets and crossword and also discussion questions or speaking activities.
  

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'Introduction' in the book -  'People in Australia's Past - their stories, their achievements'.
Today Australia is a thriving modern society with residents who have come from all over the world to live here. But in global terms, we are a young nation; our multicultural history spans only a few centuries.
Prior to the arrival of British settlers on the First Fleet, the Aboriginal inhabitants had lived on the continent undisturbed for thousands of years. Then in 1788 everything changed and the modern history of Australia began.
'People in Australia's past' tells the amazing stories of just a few of the men and women who have shaped Australia's history. Governor Arthur Phillip, was an optimist who, despite the overwhelming problems faced by the settlers in 1788, built the foundation on which our nation is built. After a difficult start, a strong friendship eventually developed between Arthur Phillip and Bennelong, an aboriginal man who became known as Australia's first diplomat. Bennelong tried hard to understand British culture and to build bridges between his people and the new settlers who had come, uninvited, to his land.
Some people, such as Mary Reibey and James Ruse, were forced to come to Australia as convicts, yet they overcame immense obstacles and created promising futures for themselves and their families. Some women, like Elizabeth Macarthur, Elizabeth Macquarie and Caroline Chisholm came as free settlers. These women saw both the problems and the possibilities in the early colonial settlement and set out to bring about change and improvement in their own ways.
Some of our history-makers were native born Australians who saw injustice in society and devoted their lives to improving the living conditions of others of their generation.
These people include Edith Cowan, David Unaipon, John Flynn, Eddie Mabo and Charles Perkins. The reforms and improvements brought about by these men and women in health, education and legal areas led to a fairer, more equitable society and we are still enjoying the benefits of their efforts today.
Some people whose stories are included in this book became celebrities through their natural talents, adventures or discoveries. For example, Charles Kingsford Smith was an aviator who set world records in flying across Australia and around the world. Douglas Mawson was an explorer who almost died while collecting valuable scientific information in Antarctica. Banjo Paterson is remembered for his funny, unique stories of life in the Australian bush and of course for his most famous song: 'Waltzing Matilda'. Dame Nellie Melba was Australia's first superstar. She became famous around the world for the beauty of her voice.
And last but not least, is the story of Edmund Barton, Australia's first Prime Minister. He was also a tireless advocate for the development of our Australian Constitution.
There are many, many other people in Australia's past who could have been included in this book. Choosing who to include was not easy, but it was fascinating to research the many amazing men and women who overcame hardship and obstacles to achieve what they did.