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Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance

Author: Banjo Woorunmurra & Howard Pederson

Published by: Madabala Books


Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance is the true story of the legendary Aboriginal resistance fighter, Jandamarra. Set within the last stages of Australia’s invasion and colonisation of the Kimberley region – in particular the lands of the Bunuba people – in outback Western Australia, the story traces the turmoil and tension of the acquisition of Indigenous land through lease, and the relationships, often contradictory, between the colonisers and the Indigenous peoples of the area. The work is a powerful collaboration between a non-Indigenous historian, Howard Pedersen and the Indigenous custodians of the legend of Jandamarra, given voice through Banjo Woorunmurra.

Young Dark Emu: A Truer History

Author: Bruce Pascoe

Published by: Magabala Books


The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe’s multi award-winning book.

Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers.

Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu — A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

Sorry Day

Author: Coral Vass

Illustrator: Dub Leffler

Publisher: NLA Publishing


There was a hum of excitement.
Flags flickered in the breeze as Maggie’s heart danced with delight.
‘This is a very special day!’ her mother said.

Maggie holds tight to her mother as they await the long anticipated apology to show a willingness to reconcile the past for future generations. In the excitement of the crowd Maggie loses touch of her mother’s hand as is lost.

In a time ‘long ago and not so long ago’ children were taken from their parents, their ‘sorrow echoing across the land’.

As the Prime Minister’s speech unfolds Maggie is reunited with her mother. But the faces and memories of the stolen generation are all around them.

Two stories entwine in this captivating retelling of the momentous day when the then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, acknowledged the sorrows of past and said ‘Sorry’ to the generation of children who were taken from their homes.

The book includes a foreword from Lee Joachim; Chair of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative and Director of Research and Development for Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. 

Baby Business

Author and illustrator: Jasmine Seymour

Published by: Magabala Books



Baby Business tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing — it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong.

This beautiful ritual is recounted in a way young child will completely relate to. 

Author Jasmine Seymour is a Darug woman and a descendant of Maria Lock, daughter of Yarramundi, the Boorooberongal Elder who had met Governor Phillip on the banks of the Hawkesbury in 1791. It is Jasmine's wish that through her books, everyone will know that the Darug mob are still here, still strong. Jasmine is a primary school teacher in the Hawkesbury area of NSW.

To go in the draw to win a copy of either Young Dark Emu, Sorry Day or Baby Business, email entries to with the giveaway you are entering in the subject line and your name, membership number and address in the body of the email. All entries to be received by 12 August 2019.