Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Liam Jurrah story: from Yuendumu to the MCG by Bruce Hearn MacKinnon

I’ve never seen any player have this much impact on any club in such a short space of time……he electrified everyone. Jim Stynes

Known as the ‘Warlpiri Warrior’, the ‘Jurrahcane’ and ‘Cougar’, Liam Jurrah is a rising star of the AFL, known for his startling displays of skill, artistry and the ‘deadly’ impact of his football ability. But despite Liam’s prodigious talent, he is a relative newcomer to the AFL.

This book tells the incredible journey travelled by Liam, a Warlpiri man, from the remote Aboriginal desert community of Yuendumu to the MCG, as the first fully initiated Aboriginal to play football at an elite level.

Written by the man whose family provided a home for Liam when he first moved to Melbourne, this is the story of how Liam learned about life in the ‘big smoke’, his time at Collingwood and his recruitment by Jim Stynes and the Melbourne Football Club. Along the way the book describes how the author and his family came to understand and treasure the richness of Liam’s Warlpiri culture.


September 19, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Boys' read, Indigenous People | | Leave a comment

Ubby’s underdogs: the legend of the Phonenix dragon by Brenton E McKenna

A Trilogy is Born

The legend of the Phoenix Dragon is unleashed!

Welcome to Australia’s first Indigenous graphic novel, Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon by Brenton E McKenna.

It is the late 1940s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is still recovering from WW11. Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a small rag-tag gang known as the ‘Underdogs’. Trying to make a name for the Underdogs, she meets Sai Fong, a Chinese girl just off the boat from Shanghai. From the moment Ubby and Sai Fong meet, their worlds collide as they find themselves thrown into a series of bizarre adventures full of myths and legends and everything from ancient mechanical demons to fantastic beasts — and secrets never before exposed. This is an epic tale that measures the limits of courage and friendship. Ubby’s Underdogs: The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon is storytelling on a grand scale that pulls its central characters from the unique multicultural town of Broome. It expertly draws in characters that have links to other worlds amidst a complex backdrop of Aboriginal and Chinese mythology (fictionalised). The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon is the first in the Ubby’s Underdogs trilogy.  New South Books

The first book in the long awaited trilogy, Ubby’s Underdogs.

Want to find out more then visit the website :http://ubbysunderdogs.com/

July 25, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Graphic Novels, Indigenous People | Leave a comment

International Women’s Day: Great Biographies


the Hospital by the River


Until Catherine and Reg Hamlin began their work in Ethiopia,sufferers of fistulas (caused by obstructed labour) were neglected and forgotten. A vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation  have been helped by Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. A truly amazing woman.

Christian College staff and students have been generous in their donations to this wonderful cause, and Mrs Jan Strauch has been our motivation and inspiration in these donations.

Black Chicks Talking


Black Chicks Talking is a compilation of interviews with five women, interviews during which they reveal memories of their pasts as well as their future aspirations. These women’s personal stories reveal a wide range of emotions. Experiences such as losing siblings and children to foster homes, and living with alcoholism and domestic violence bring forth tears, while childhood antics, travelling tales and general ‘gabbing on’ lighten the load. Each woman’s story does, however, reveal a pride for heritage, although this is heavily laced with the sense of searching for a lost culture.

Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

Like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an iconic figure. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, since 1988 she steadfastly opposed Burma’s brutal military regime. She was first placed under house arrest in 1989 and she faced separation from her husband and their 2 sons, physical and psychological harassment, an attempt on her life and witnessed the massacre of scores of her followers.  Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest on November 13, 2010. The role that Aung San Suu Kyi will play in the future of democracy in Burma remains a subject of much debate.

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Indigenous People | , , | Leave a comment

Maybe Tomorrow by Boori (Monty) Pryor

My PicturesBoori was born and lived amongst his fellow people in the Aboriginal camps.  He made his way through life doing many of the things white man took for granted.

He encounters many barriers and learnt to overcome these in order to deliver his message of reconciliation, respect and tolerance.

Boore leaves the reader with considerable hope for the future.

This book shows us that no matter what our background is, we can strive to overcome many hardships.

Genre: Indigenous Australians and Race Relations.

D. Staggard

June 20, 2010 Posted by | Biographies, Indigenous People | Leave a comment