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A Banner Bold: The Diary of Rosa Aarons is the first book in the My Australian Story. It was first published in September 2000, and republished twice in August 2005 and February 2011. The book was written by Nadia Wheatley; her only book for the series. It was followed by Plagues and Federation.


"This book is for my god-daughters, Siobhan and Gabrielle."

Book description[]

"In 1854, Rosa Aarons travelled with her family from London to the diggings on the Ballarat goldfield, where she met the Governor of the Colony, the leader of the diggers, Lady Macbeth , and a dog called Bonaparte.
This is how Rosa would sum up her first year in Victoria:
12 Things I Learned Last Year:
Ships: How to Explore Them
Horses: How to Ride Them
Plays: How to Write Them
Parents: How to Understand Them
Latin: How to Speak It
Gold: How to Pan for It
Friends: How to Get to Know Them
Secrets: How to Keep Them
School: How to Tolerate It
Stars: How to Wish on Them
Snakes: How to Avoid Them
History: How to Make It

"Something is happening. I can hear bullets going off, and people are running down towards the Eureka field...
In 1854 Rosa Aarons and her family travel from London to the goldfields of Ballarat. She makes new friends, learns to ride a horse and helps her family get by. Soon Rosa becomes caught up in one of the most dramatic events in Australian history: the Eureka Stockade. As the battle between the miners and the soldiers rages around her, Rosa's main concern is the safety of her beloved Papa.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of A Banner Bold characters


Main article: Nadia Wheatley



  • The book opens with the quote "In writing I hereby ask no favour from my reader. A book must stand or fall by the truth contained in it" by Raffaello Carboni from his book The Eureka Stockade.


See also[]

My Australian Story

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street

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