We Are Australian: Australian Stories by Aussies

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Linda Ruth Brooks, May 26, 2011 - History - 154 pages
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You know us. We are your cousin Alice, who tells the story of Nanna's funeral; how all the cars followed Uncle George in the wrong direction, while a priest stood by the grave, waiting to conduct the burial. We are your dad, who you visit on warm summer nights, and he talks about the old days; when he met mum; when he worked in the cane fields. We are the migrant family next door, who laugh till they cry, telling of how, when they arrived in the fifties, they went to the milk bar for a gelati. The owner kept saying "Gilleti" and offering them razor blades. We are the Vietnamese mother who tells you one day how she came to Australia. She quietly talks of three weeks at sea in a small boat, crammed in with twenty others, knees to chest, cold, wet and hungry. We are anyone who has lived in Australia since the 1930s. Often, our stories will be your stories; but some will be strange, different; some will be funny and others will bring tears. We are the story tellers who started with memories that turned into stories. We wrote them down, and learned the frustration when the words wouldn't come; and experienced that magical moment when the words took over, and the story wrote itself. We became authors. Now here we are. These are our stories; our country's living history, by the best historians of all - those who lived it. John McBride (2010)
 

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remember the Kokoda Track John McBride
8
Glimpses of War Linda Brooks
14
Pray for us sinners Linda Visman October 1961
20
Looking Back Looking forward Louise Berry
26
A Labrador goes shopping and more Matthew Glenn Ward
32
Sunrise from Dads Window Linda Visman
38
Coming a cropper Linda Visman
44
Money doesnt grow on trees you know Julie Cochrane
50
The best day of the week Julie Cochrane
81
Kicker Christina Batey
87
Twotone shoes John McBride
97
Home Magdalena Ball
104
Becoming Country Bumpkins Julie Cochrane
110
Snake Rina Robinson
117
TRYPTYCH Jo Tregellis
123
Ocean Pools Gail Hennessy
129

Request to the heart surgeon Gail Hennessy
56
Permission to cry Linda Brooks
63
Census Bush Style Linda Visman
66
Aussie in transit Roslyn Jewel
73
Rivers of Life Linda Visman
135
How far is it to Christmas? Jo Tregellis
141
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About the author (2011)

Linda Brooks is writer, artist and former registered nurse. This collection has come from Linda's vision of historic narrative as bold and full-bodied. As the publisher and designer for this collection, Linda has goaded everyone into action. Her sideways slant on life brings wicked humour and sharp characters. She authored 'I'm not broken, I'm just different', a book about Asperger's Syndrome, 'A Curious & Inelegant Childhood' a childhood memoir, and several illustrated children's books. Visit-www.lindaruthbrooks.com

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