Author(s): Nadia Wheatley
My Place, the classic Australian picture book, is a 'time machine' which takes the reader back into the past. It 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.
Nadia Wheatley's published work includes fiction, history, biography and picture books. Since the beginning of her career, Wheatley's books have reflected her commitment to multiculturalism, social justice and the preservation of the natural environment. Donna Rawlins is an illustrator, book designer and teacher who has specialised in making books for children.