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Plagues and Federation: The Diary of Kitty Barnes is a fictional diary in the My Australian Story series. It is the second book in the series. The book was first published in September 2000, and republished twice in January 2006 and April 2011. It was written by Vashti Farrer and is her first book for the series. The book was followed by A Tale of Two Families.

Book description[]

"The year 1900 was a momentous one for Kitty Barnes. Bubonic plague, the Black Death, was killing large numbers of people; the country was on the verge of becoming a federation; Kitty's brother was in Africa fighting in the Boer War; and Kitty was finding herself somewhat attracted to Reggie, the boy down the road."

"There's proclamations going up now on the walls round here saying, 'Plague is present in Sydney. It has been introduced by diseased rats and there is great danger of it spreading still further.'
Sydney, 1900. It is the beginning of a new era, as the Australian colonies are about to become a federation. It's also a dramatic year for Kitty and her family: bubonic plague, the Black Death, is sweeping through Sydney, and her brother Bertie is in Africa fighting in the Boer War. The world is changing, and Kitty records it all in her diary.


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Plagues and Federation characters


Main article: Vashti Farrer



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