Part of the new-look award-winning Our Stories series, this is a modern Australian immigration story.
I don't want to go to Australia. I have just started grammar school. My best friend Sally goes there too. But it looks like there could be another war and Dad has convinced Mum to go. Because we're migrants, the voyage is costing Mum and Dad only £10 each. My brother Brian and I are travelling free. It's a long way to Australia. What if we never come back to England?
In the 1950s and 60s Australia welcomed thousands of British immigrants as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme. Ten Pound Pom is the true story of award-winning author Carole Wilkinson's immigration to Australia.
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.
Liz Anelli has recently come to live in Newcastle, NSW, having previously lived and worked as an illustrator in England. She has a huge passion for drawing and keeps rows of sketchbooks in her studio. Alongside books and other illustration commissions Liz has been a key activist for 'The Campaign For Drawing", facilitating numerous international 'Big Draws" for the past thirteen years. She also has been much involved with creative child learning in schools and community settings. Liz's latest book with Walker is Desert Lake-Kati Thanda, written by Pamela Freeman.
Ten Pound Pom
Walker Books Australia
Author: Carole Wilkinson
Ilustrator: Liz Anelli