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My Story group of series

My Australian Story

Diary-style stories of young people in Australia

My Story

Stories of young people during some of the most important historical periods: Ancient Egypt, the Great Plague, the Industrial Revolution, and more.

My Royal Story

Eight stories of princesses and queens: Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, Victoria, Anastasia.

Revolution, Regency and the Victorian Age

Painting: A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881

Elegant society, revolutions and piracy.

Immerse yourself in the period with these authors:

  • Jane Austen
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Charles Dickens
  • L.M. Montgomery

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Ancient Civilisations

Ancient Pyramids

Stories set in Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Britain.

The Historical Fiction Collection

In Historical fiction the setting and characters are in a documented historical period with much of the story and characters authentic. Some stories may involve modern characters in time travel.

Australian Historical Fiction

Australian flag at sunset

Explore Indigenous history, the colonial period, the gold rushes, and the twentieth century.


Medieval castle

Vikings, crusades, plagues, royalty and peasants.

Curious to read stories from Medieval times? Try Chaucer’s 14th century tales:

Renaissance: 1400-1700

Painting: An Allegory of the Tudor Succession: The Family of Henry VIII

Artisans, Queens, the Great Plague and the Great Fire.

Have you explored the stories of Shakespeare (in modern English)?

World War I and II

Soldiers walking on the battlefield

In the trenches and on the home front: experiences of the two World Wars.

Book trailer:

Author talks about writing The war that saved my life:

Read the words of those who were there:

The Holocaust

These titles are based on true stories.

See also the Library's Holocaust reading list:

Stories of the Holocaust

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