Australian Pictorial Social Studies

This term we’re studying Australian explorers,  specifically our Inland explorers.  When gathering  resources I recalled this set of books with great fondness.  The series is titled ‘Pictorial Social Studies’  with a little logo labelled  ‘Australian Visual Education’.

Published in 1958, with 55 books in the set, covering not only Australian history but social studies worldwide.  My favourite however are the Australian history books, covering the Settlement and expansion, exploration, Gold and more.

Written in comic form they are chock full of information without overloading and the visual presentation totally engages the children, ‘whetting the appetite’ for more information. Australian history buffs, I suggest you check out ebay and gumtree.

One reason I know they are totally effective in imparting knowledge is, I’ve used these series before.
Recently my brothers B(30) & K(28) were discussing a visit to the Blue Mountains which that had undertaken with overseas visitors, they had regaled the group with factual information about Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth’s incredible feat crossing the Blue Mountains. The group listened spellbound as they bombarded them with historical detail, the visitors much impressed asked how they knew so much? A question I was keen to have answered myself when the story was recounted to me. Brother B reminded me, “You taught me”
“I did?”
“Remember that comic book you read to us?”  Well yes but the boys were all of 6 & 8 then.  Amazing that they both remembered over two decades later!!

Inside of each cover is a map.  Without further ado, displaying the contents below, as I’m certain my friends Jeanne and Angela, amongst others are eager to see:)

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11 Responses

  1. wow thanks for sharing Erin those look great 🙂 Any chance we could borrow them one day ? 🙂

  2. I remember them too! I haven't seen them since my own school days though.

  3. We have the full set of these, too – I just found them last week as I unpacked some more boxes! They're great, aren't they?

  4. Those books look great, Erin! I just love pictures of old literary treasures.

  5. I did a search for these recently after you mentioned them on my blog. They look fascinating. I've been looking out for them irl, but haven't found any yet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I feel an ebay search coming on…

  7. Chareen
    more than happy to post to you, just ask when ready.

    Ruby
    I was pleasantly surprised to see some on ebay and gumtree.

    Linda
    Does this mean you have book shelves now?:)

    Willa
    I've enjoyed looking at old treasures you've posted lately too:)

    Jeanne
    I'm happy to post to you too if you want to borrow:)

    Ingi
    Let me know if you're successful:)

  8. Linda- are you willing to sell those? Im a comic book writer myself and we just did a modern version of this type of thing, with one chapter on Australia:

    http://newint.org/books/politics/fight-the-power/

    Thanks,
    Sean

  9. Sean
    Um I'm Erin, sorry, not willing to sell but I'd love for you to be able to look at them somehow, I notice you are in Japan, you may be able to find copies online 2nd hand. Were you thinking of doing more modern versions?

  10. Thanks Erin.
    Our comic book, FIGHT THE POWER!, has one section about the Australian workers general strike and protests of 1917. The old books had a chapter about the Eureka rebellion of the 1840's i think. So i came across them that way. i often do hisorical and social issue books.

    Would certainly like to see more of these. Yes, im Japan, though Im a Scot.

    Sean

  11. My husband and I are visiting his parents in Bundaberg. My MIL took me out to the back shed to go through some boxes of books, amongst which are:

    Pictorial Social Studies folders with booklet inside, condition fair to good (though all need clean up), published Australian Visual Education, series numbered 1-25, but with no copyright date, have 20 of these 25, and series unnumbered with copyright 1960, have 30 of these.

    Have seen them for sale on eBay for $13 each (!!!) but we'd be happy with $5 each. If anyone wants them, please let me know ASAP 🙂

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