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An Irish Blacksmith - The trial of Duncan O'Brady
By Preston Child
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,690. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Discover the bloody past of Ireland; discover the new world called VanDiemen's Land in this bestselling series from Preston Child!
Burke and Wills
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
It was an expedition, comprehensively equipped like no other exploratory party before it or since. Despite achieving its objective of crossing the vast Australian continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, it ended in tragedy. It was plagued by poor decision making, harsh conditions and bad luck. The story is a tribute to brave men exploring the unknown. It is the story of the Dig Tree.
Harry's War
By Sean Q Lee
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
The idyllic life of an Australian country boy is turned upside down when his country decides to fight alongside Great Britain in World War One. From promising school boy to Gallipoli veteran, this is the heart wrenching story of Harry's war.
The Downwinders
By Gilles Messier
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013 by Petra Books. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Australia, 1956. Luke van Houdt has escaped the ruins of war-torn Europe and settled into his new life Down Under, working for a prosperous electronics firm. The economy is booming, and life is good. But while working on a routine job, Luke stumbles upon a dark secret - one that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Traffic Lights
By Eero Tarik
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
This short story was originally published for a competition that had a word limit of 1,500 words and is an example of live fiction - it was written and published on the day of the event happening. The story involves a major event in Australian political history during 2013.
Buckley's Chance
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,560. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In the Australian vernacular “you’ve got Buckley’s Chance” or “you’ve got Buckley’s” means “you have no chance”, or “it’s nearly impossible”; despite the eventual outcome of his adventure, the phrase is believed to refer to the improbable survival of an escaped convict, William Buckley, who lived among the Aborigines of Victoria, Australia, for thirty-two years, before returning to civilization.
The Value of Their Deaths
By Michael C. Madden
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A moving tribute to all those who served in the Great War, by award winning writer, Michael C. Madden. With their passing goes not our remembrance. (All author profits from the sale of this book are donated to the Victorian TPI Association)
Balls (September 1981)
By Mac Dyson
Series: The Fallen, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A short story, complimentary to The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, based on actual events, set two years later. Jude and Su have got embroiled in violent civil conflict that threatens to tear New Zealand-Aotearoa apart. Of course NZ being NZ it could only be about Rugby!
Lesson Plan - Letters of a Convict Girl - Grades 4-6
By Kate Walker
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: Australian English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Week-long Lesson Plan in Story & Language Assessment using the text 'Letters of a Convict Girl - Age 11' by Kate Walker. ~ Questions on content, language use and text interpretation. ~ Letter Writing Model and Task. ~ Suitable for classroom and home schooling.
Shipwrecked: the Saving of Eva Carmichael
By Rebecca Taylor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,210. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Eva Carmichael is a ship surgeons daughter, destined to become a house maid in an English country manor. Well that is what she thought! At the age of 16 Eva is sent against her will on a journey to the other side of the world, sailing on the ill-fated Loch Ard. Will Eva survive the colony of Australia and find employment? But more importantly will Eva survive the Loch Ard?
Blackwell Down Under
By Troy D. Smith
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Cane Hollow Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Caleb Blackwell found no luck in the California gold mines... but there is a new rush, in a place called Australia. Unfortunately, Blackwell arrives just in time to be caught up in one of the most violent uprisings in that land's history... Read the whole Blackwell series! "Blackwell's Run" was nominated for the 2011 Peacemaker Award for best western short story!
Josey
By Raymond Boyd Dunn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » General
This book covers the period of Josey's boyhood and early teenage years and has been based on the author's own experiences, only the names have been changed. This is to give the reader the author's recollection of life during the Great Depression and the Second World War.
Lost
By Robert G George
Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 1 review)
A New Zealand short story of 1500 words. Descriptive and punchy with a twist in it tail.
Anzac Spirit
By Daniel M. Robinson
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: Australian English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set in Gallipoli, ANZAC SPIRIT is about a sixteen year old boy, who went to war seeking adventure. What he found was the true horrors of war. It is also a story about mateship and the hardship faced by the diggers.
Hedging Bets
By Simon Lee
Price: Free! Words: 2,350. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Ash's sister was one of those women who somehow always seem to connect with the wrong blokes. Harold was perhaps the cream of the crop as far as bludgers go, or more precisely, the bottom of the barrel. But when Harold comes up with a no-risk scheme to make some quick cash, Ash just can't say no.
The Silent Moon
By Geoff Stewart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,660. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The Irish convict in this true story battles with authority across three continents. The story unites major events from convict life in Australia and the gold rushes of Victoria and California. It includes Australia’s first ever Escort Robbery; a great mystery of the sea; executions; corruption and crime. A truly international story with a pirate and a supposed American Civil War hero.
Eureka
By Warne Wilson
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
A fictional tale of a bond between four men from different backgrounds who came together to dig for gold in the rush following the discovery of gold in Victoria Australia in 1852. Without looking for trouble they were caught up in the battle at Eureka Stockade against police and British militia.
The Alone Man
By Ian B G Burns
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,540. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The Alone Man draws on the concept of ‘dreamtime’. It is a ‘double love story’ about a man’s love for his wife and family and his love of the land and nature.
Ebb And Flow
By John Porter
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Two centuries of one of Australia's founding families unfold as generations are shaped and moulded by historic events, relationships, and the grand and majestic sweep of the Hawkesbury River. One in a series of ten short stories published in a compilation entitled A Collection Of Dirty Little Stories.
The Irish Annals of New Zealand
By Michael O'Leary
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
The Irish Annals of New Zealand was written to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Zealand as an English colony in 1840. The novel is a Joycean 'tour de force' through the history of NZ from the Irish point of view rather than the English one.