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A nation of swaggies & diggers 1880-1920

French, Jackie2018
The Australian colonies had come a long way since they were a dump for grim crims and convicts. Life was comfortable - at least for some. But soon drought would send swaggies waltzing their matildas along the roads, and bad times would make politicians dream of uniting the country into one nation. And then a far-off war would create a different kind of digger. What they brought back home would make greater changes to Australia than gold ever did. Meet the scabs and the swaggies, battling politicians, doddering generals, sheep stealers and heroic diggers who finally turned us into a nation in the latest instalment of the Fair Dinkum Histories. It's history as you've never seen it!
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A nation of swaggies & diggers 1880-1920 / Jackie French ; illustrations and cartoons by Peter Sheehan.
Lindfield, NSW : Scholastic Press, 2018.
143 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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First published by Scholastic Press in 2008.Includes bibliographical references (pages 146-147) and index.
A small part of a big story -- Life was great in the 1880s -- Swaggies, baggies and strikes -- The great yack attack -- Finally Federation -- Fighting as a nation -- A country at war: World War I -- What the diggers brought home.
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