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"Brave Sons of the Empire" - Boys' Adventure Books

This exhibition displays a selection of boys' adventure books from the Children's Literature Research Collection held in the Special Collection, Deakin University Library.

Boys' adventure books flourished in the late 19th and early 20th century. They explore notions of masculinity based on physical fitness and courage against the background of empire.

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Kingston, W.H.G.
Twice Lost: A Story of Shipwreck
and of Adventures in
the Wilds of Australia

London : T. Nelson and Sons, 1878
Twice Lost: A Story of Shipwreck and of Adventures in the Wilds of Australia

Every Boy's Annual Every Boy's Annual
London : George Routledge and Sons, 1882
(Contains W.H.G. Kingston's "Adventure in
Australia"
in a  complete six-part series.)

Favenc, Ernest
Tales for Young Australia
Sydney : Empson & Son, [1900]
Tales for Young Australia

Brave Sons of the Empire Brave Sons of the Empire

Brave Sons of the Empire
Moore, Henry Charles
Brave Sons of the Empire
London : Religious Tract Society, [1910]

MacDonald, Alexander
The Lost Explorers:
A Story of the Trackless Desert

London : Blackie & Son, 1907
The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert

Fifty-two Stories of the British Empire Fifty-two Stories of the British Empire
Edited by Alfred H. Miles
London : Hutchinson, [1900]

Bush Luck: an Australian Story Timperley, W. H.
Bush Luck: an Australian Story
London : Religious Tract Society, 1908
Bush Luck: an Australian Story

The Empire Annual for Boys The Empire Annual for Boys
Edited by A.R. Buckland
London : Religious Tract Society, [1910]

Buley, E.C.
A Child's History of Anzac
London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1916
A Child's History of Anzac

Daddy Crips' Waifs: a Tale of Australian Life and Adventure Fraser, Alexander
Daddy Crips' Waifs: a Tale of Australian Life and Adventure
London : Religious Tract Society, [1903]

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29th August 2012