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Outback: The Diary of Jimmy Porter is the eighteenth book in Scholastic Australia's My Australian Story. It was written by children's author Christine Harris. The book was first released in October 2005 and later republished in April 2010 and in June 2019 with new cover art. It was followed by Cyclone Tracy by Alan Tucker.

Dedication[]

"This book is dedicated to Bill 'Swampy' Marsh, who helped me understand that we carry the bush in our hearts. CH"

Book description[]

"Jimmy Porter has moved to the middle of nowhere.
His uncle's family live in a wattle-and-daub hut, days' walk away from even the nearest neighbour.
Life in 1927 in the outback is tough—but the people who live there can cope with just about anything.
But when disaster strikes, how can they get help?
"

"So far we'd seen emus, birds, rabbits, kangaroos, flies, even a few mosquitoes, but no humans since we left Beltana. I was beginning to feel as though this whole country was empty of human life, except for me and Chip.
Jimmy Porter has moved to the middle of nowhere. His uncle's family live in a wattle-and-daub hut, days' walk away from even the nearest neighbour.
Life in 1927 in the outback is tough—but the people who live there can cope with just about anything.
But when disaster strikes, how can they get help?
"

Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Outback characters
  • Jimmy Porter

Author[]

Main article: Christine Harris

Editions[]

Acknowledgements[]

"The author wishes to thank Valerie Sitters, librarian at the Royal Geographical Society, Adelaide, for her invaluable help with the research for this book."

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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