Publisher's synopsis

Everyone is part of History, and every place has a story as old as the earth.

My Place depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child’s story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life. The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have ‘drawn’ which demonstrate the things that have changed – as well as the things that have remained constant. Revised edition featuring new artwork and text.


  • CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers, 1988
  • Inaugural Eve Pownall Award for Non-fiction, 1988
  • IBBY Honour Award, 1988
  • KOALA Award, 1988
  • Listed US Library Best Books for Young People, 1988
  • White Raven (US) 1988
  • Shortlisted NSW State Literary Awards, 1988