Author(s): Simon Barnard (Illustrator)
Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the runningof the newly established colony.
Simon Barnard's A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.
And the spectacular illustrations, each one carefully drawn in meticulous detail from contemporary records, bring this extraordinary history to life.
* Review coverage in newspapers such as the Australian, Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Launceston Examiner * Review coverage in literary and education publications such as ABR, the Monthly and Viewpoint * Review coverage in specialist history publications such as Inside History * Online review coverage on education and history focused sites such as Reading Time * Sample copy available via each Penguin sales rep * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Big Issue, Griffith Review and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Advertisements in YA / education publications such as history teacher association journals in Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. * Promotions at teacher / librarian conferences like CBCA and VATE and HTAV middle years conference * Online promotion and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups including history lovers such as the History Channel * Significant budget for Christmas catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Book trailer will be available for hosting on bookseller websites * Feature title in Text's education newsletters and website * Book trailer to be available on Text's website, YouTube, the author website and on bookseller sites * History teaching notes tailored to the Australian Curriculum (a focus on years 7-9 content) available for download at textpublishing.com.au/resources
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2015. Long-listed for The Tasmanian Book Prize 2015.
Simon Barnard was born and grew up in Launceston. He spent a lot of time in the bush as a boy, which led to an interest in Tasmanian history. He is an illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts. He now lives in Melbourne with his girlfriend and a little dog.