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Australian Readers

Page extract from a Australian Readers book. Contains content entitled 'The finding of the Darling' and a sketch drawing of a man standing in a marsh.

Photograph: Content included stories about Australian explorers such as Charles Sturt.

The Australian Readers were prepared by Australian educators for the publisher, Collins of London, but not specifically for Queensland children. They had some Australian content including a series about:

  • Australian explorers
  • some factual stories about Australian animals including The dingo, The cockatoo, The koala and The magpie
  • stories on British and world history

By 1891, a Committee of the Department of Public Instruction reviewed the Australian Readers and concluded that they had been left behind by a new series, the Royal Readers. It also recommended that two readers rather than one be used for each class level. The Australian Readers were replaced soon after by the Royal Readers published by Nelson.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013