I Come From a Land Down Under

Let's Visit Australia cover


Let’s Visit Australia

Yes, this is still in an active youth nonfiction collection. We have featured some real “winners” here at ALB. We have a regular United Nations of outdated information going. This is NOT better than nothing.  There is probably better current information on Australia on the menu of an Outback restaurant than contained in this book. Take a look at these pages and then run to the 900s and weed those country books.



Spanning the Globe:

Our Exotic Friends in South America

“Real” Eskimos

Our Jewish Neighbors

Why the Chinese Are the Way They Are

Grecian Vacation

Japan Expo Guide

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Let's Go to Australia - Aborigines

Let's Go to Australia - school uniforms


  1. The sorry shame is that this book is not THAT old in historical terms. This is the stuff I learnt at school 40 years ago. Aborigines were a backwards people and it was only the white invasion that saved them from themselves. Even as a 10 yar old I argued that they must have had some form of civilisation but it was not an acceptable idea at the time. Fortunately many Australians do now accept that Australia was not Terra Nullis and that in fact, the way the nomadic tribes lived was sustainable and suitable for the landscape.
    We also accept migrants of every colour. My library has collections in 17 different languages (including many Asiatic languages) to reflect our community

  2. The book shouldn’t be ditched, it is useful as an historical artifact, and should be reclassified in the History section…perhaps in the “racism and bigatry” historical section…

  3. Their school library is bigger than my grade school library in the sixties! I like the vibe of the “ghost koala” on the cover!

  4. Ghost koala? I thought that was a hobo’s stick and bundle, maybe the one from “Waltzing Matilda”?

  5. I can’t believe that a book with such racist beliefs against aborigines was published THAT recently- 1963! I would have expected such racism in a book
    published in 1903, NOT ’63!

  6. Yep, this is one awful library book I definitely agree should be weeded! though you certainly learn a lot about Australian attitudes in the past 🙁 I suspect that even for its time, it was worse than other books – Aborigines have no tools? what happened to stone tools??? – but perhaps that’s wishful thinking. I agree, it’s the kind of thing we were taught in school 40 years ago – but even 10 years later, things had changed quite a lot. The referendum of 1967 meant that Aboriginal people were counted in the census for the first time, the White Australia policy ended in law in 1966 … but it took longer for school text books to change.

  7. @Kristen-Best title ever!
    @Angel-Is that what that is supposed to be? I wasn’t sure if it was intentional or if something just got spilled on the cover.

    Yeah, this is an definite weeder. When you can get better info on Australia from Yahoo Serious’s movies, it is time to update.

  8. Isn’t it ‘I come from a land OF Down Under’? Silly, but it scans.

    As to the so-called ‘Aboriginies’ being ‘primitive’, I once saw an interesting experiment. A group of young ‘Aboriginie’ men (a couple of them maybe carrying sticks) were pitted against a well-equipped unit of the Australian SAS and both teams were given so many days to cross a stretch of desert.

    A few days early the ‘primitive’ Aboriginies wandered into basecamp, looking like they’d enjoyed a nice walk in the country.

    Several days late the first Special Forces survivor crawled in, dehydrated and starving, begging for his comrades to be rescued as quickly as possible…

    Primitive = being in tune with the Natural world, surviving!

  9. @Ralph


    Traveling in a fried-out combie
    On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
    I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
    She took me in and gave me breakfast
    And she said,

    “Do you come from a land down under?
    Where women glow and men plunder?
    Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
    You better run, you better take cover.”

    Buying bread from a man in Brussels
    He was six foot four and full of muscles
    I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
    He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
    And he said,

    “I come from a land down under
    Where beer does flow and men chunder
    Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
    You better run, you better take cover.”

    Lying in a den in Bombay
    With a slack jaw, and not much to say
    I said to the man, “Are you trying to tempt me
    Because I come from the land of plenty?”
    And he said,

    “Oh! Do you come from a land down under? (oh yeah yeah)
    Where women glow and men plunder?
    Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
    You better run, you better take cover.”

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