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Book Close Up – Aussie Bookcase

Interestingly, whenever I share pictures of our library here on my blog the comments roll in thick and fast, therefore I have to assume that the majority of you aren’t thinking, “Oh no, not another book post” as one reader informed me, “I flick through your book posts, I’m not interested.”

Recently Jeanne begged and begged for close up pictures of my bookshelves, so dedicating this post to Jeanne, my friend I assumed it was Australian books you wished to see. The following post is picture heavy so you just may want to click away if all things books send you to sleep.

Beginning on the bottom shelf of our Australian bookcase, history, art and nature; The Pictorial History of Australia set, Australian Pictorial History of the Catholic Church set, a few books on Flinders, Cook and Burke and Wills and Bligh, some Young Australian series, three Pownell books and Clark and Hooper, the Southern Cross series.

Illustrated Australian poetry, Australian paintings, Steve Parish books, birds, nature and gardening.

Second bottom shelf, poetry, nature and picture books; poetry and children’s nature picture books, including Tricia Ocktober and the Golden Press series

Muddle Headed Wombat books, Aboriginal tales, Dorothy Wall and shorter Colin Thiele titles,

aboriginal picture books including Percy Trezise, Possum Creek and more illustrated Australian poetry.


Third shelf up history, nature and literature; Seven Little Australians, Our Sunburnt Country and Australian in History series, Clune and Nuri Mass, Leach and other Australian nature titles,

our favourite nature author Leslie Rees, Golden Press nature series,

classic Australian authors, Muddle Headed Wombat, Fatty Finn, Blinky Bill, Poppy Trelor, Verity of Sydney Town, DH Gilmore

Fourth shelf up, history; living books for older readers and living textbooks,

yet more Australian living history, these appeal more to the middle reader, some treasures there

and yet more living history including Donkin, Clark, Gunn and Brimsmead

The second top shelf, more living history;  begins with books for the older reader, Durack, Facey etc

some other favourites for the middle reader, Chadwick, French, Park and Saddle at Bontharambo, Donkin

a few lighter novels by Australian authors


Top shelf; Australian Geographic and gardening

bird books and bird call tape set

Poetry, and nature including a few CK Thompson

On the top of the bookcase; various light reading

Australian My Stories

set of classic Australian stories from my childhood, Chauncy, Bruce etc

Now on the two shelves that run above the bookcase, grouped by authors; Sally Carson nurse, Southall, Clark

Bush Boys, Wrigthson,

Thiele, Paice

Alan Baille, O’Neill, Carr


Top shelf under the roof; Idriess, Brismead, Woodberry

Patchett and Mitchell

Ethel and Lillian Turner

Mary Grant Bruce

we’re only missing Son of Billabong, O’Harris,

Wright, Mattingly and Phipson

and Chauncy.

Are you still with me?
Are there any further requests or are you all booked out? 🙂
Thank you for allowing me to share some of our library with you.


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  • Catherine

    I love looking at people's bookshelves. They're a reflection into personalities, and something to share when there is something in common. Thank you for sharing yours. 🙂

    Blinky Bill .. I still remember when we got our copy as a gift from the midwife who helped deliver my younger sister. She was born 10yrs younger than me, on my birthday, and this book, with the same red cover, was published around the same time. Ah .. memories!! 🙂

  • Jeanne

    Oh you are a darling! I haven't even read/looked at the post yet, but I just wanted to say thank you right away. So exciting. How can anybody not love your book posts?

  • Angel

    A reader really said that to you? Good grief. So what Australian books would you recommend to an American family who aren't very familiar with Australian history but would like to learn more? (Grown-up included 🙂

  • Erin

    Catherine, I wonder what my collection says about my personality! lol. Isn't it sweet when books are entwined with memorable moments?

    Ruby and Considerer, thanks for enjoying:)

    Well Jeanne and Angel, I can't imagine not swooning over books. and I find my own reviews pretty useful for myself lol. Yesterday I reserved Christmas books from the library, using my previous reviews I only reserved those over 4 stars.

    Angel, I really need to write a few posts for you, I haven't forgotten I owe Katydid an Aussie bird post, it's written on my 'schedule'. I think your question deserves a post of its own, are you happy with me recommending OOP books or only want in print recs? Oh and I'm assuming you mostly want living book recs?

  • Sharyn

    That's it! I'm coming round to your place!

    When you explained before how many books you had on Australia you got me curious. I wondered what could be in such a big collection. I am inspired now. You've given me loads of idea's on what to get to expand my Australian section, thanks!

  • Erin

    Sharyn, a fellow bookacoholic!!!:):)

    Well you're most welcome, not sure how far away you are though? What do you already have in your collection? hey do you have a blog? love to read blogs of fellow book lovers. well I'm thinking I'll have to do posts in instalments, ie, early Australia, bushrangers, etc etc

  • Chareen

    Oh wow Erin. I did not know that there were so many great Australian books available. I have been searching high and low.

    I too would be keen for you to post your top recomended books for a Kiwi now living in Aus and wanting to learn about Australia 🙂

    Thank you so very much I ♥♥♥ books and I think I would find it very pleasing to look through your library. How I wish we lived closer 🙂

  • Sharyn

    Alas I'm too far away Erin, I'm in Perth. What do I have in my collection? Well your library far and away exceeds mine, but I hope to keep my husband busy making (we are trying to learn wood work here) new book shelves 😉
    No blog… but your blog has got me thinking about it. It looks like a good way to keep a record of your homeschool journey. I'm very visual so I think it would be beneficial to me to see where we've been and remember what we've done, but I'm not sure about the sharing it with the world part.

    I'll be interested to read your recommendations. This post has left me intrigued 🙂

  • Annie Kate

    I'm with Angel: I'd love to read some Aussie books even though we live in Canada. There's not much about Australia in our libary, but, judging from your bookshelf, a lot is available. I've never heard of many of your authors!

    And I wish I could just sit down for a few days at your house and read, read, read!

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