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Archer's Melbourne Cup: The Diary of Robbie Jenkins is the twenty-second fictional diary in the My Australian Story series by Scholastic Australia. The book was written by Vashti Farrer; her second in the series. It was first published in October 2007 and later reprinted in October 2011 with new cover art. The book was followed by Claw of the Dragon.

Dedication[]

"In memory of "Bossie", my fiesty old grandmother, who first took me to the races when I was three."

Book description[]

"Robby has just started working as a stablehand at Mr de Mestre's property Terara. Times are tough, so he's pleased to be earning money for his family. He's even more pleased to be pursuing his dream to become a jockey.
Robby loves the horses at
Terara, especially the prized bay Archer. When a brand new horse race called the Melbourne Cup is announced, Robby is sure Archer has what it takes to win—if he can overcome injury.
Robby's father hopes one day to own some land, and farm it with Robby. But Robby wishes only to be a part of the biggest horse race in the country. Will he travel to Melbourne for the Cup, or will he be forced to give up his dreams to help his family?
"

"Archer was magnificent...His mane flew out as a ribbon behind him and his streamed like a flag in the wind. There was a fire in him as if he smelt danger on the wind, and raced for it.
When a brand new horse race called the Melbourne Cup is announced, Robby is sure Archer has what it takes to win—if he can overcome injury.
"

Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Archer's Melbourne Cup characters
  • Robby Jenkins

Author[]

Main article: Vashti Farrer

Editions[]

Acknowledgements[]

References[]

See also[]


My Australian Story
Original

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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