Somebody’s Land


By Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term ‘terra nullius’ to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.

Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.

Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing’s powerful words and David Hardy’s pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia’s past – to feel the richness of our First Nations’ history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to understand what ‘welcome to our country’ really means.

A vibrant conversation starter to help young and old to understand the importance of acknowledging Country and the rich cultures of the traditional custodians of the lands where we live.

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About the Authors

Adam Goodes is an Adnyamathanha and Narungga man and community leader. He is a former Australian Rules footballer, having achieved the greatest heights in the game, and was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his public work in the fight against racism and his advocacy in First Nation affairs. Together with his cousin Michael O’Loughlin, which supports and inspires the next generation if First Nations Leaders. With a diploma in Aboriginal Studies his own daughter approaching preschool age, Adam was motivated to publish a series of books for young children and families about Australia’s First Nations history.

Ellie Laing (nee Southwood) is a political adviser and former journalist and presenter who lives on the lands of the Gammerygal people on the northern beaches of Sydney with her husband and two sons. When Ellie’s eldest son Harvey came home from preschool reciting Acknowledgements of Country and singing Aboriginal lullabies, she was inspired to collaborate with Adam Goodes on a series of books aimed at helping families with young children to talk about Australian’s First Nations history. She is currently completing her studies in Traditional Aboriginal Cultures.

David Hardy is a Barkindji man, author and artist with more than eight years of animation experience with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Married with two children, he is currently a Senior Gaming Illustrator/Animation Manager for Lighting Box Games. David has worked on twelve animated feature films, including The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata and Return to Neverland.  His books for children include Alfie’s Search for Destiny and Alfie’s Big Wish, On the Way to Nana’s(written by Frances and Lindsay Haji-Ali) The Proud Foots: Shaka Shaka Hawaii (written by Lucas Proudfoot) and Aussie kids: Meets Zoe and Zac at the Zoe(written by Belinda Murrell).

Additional information

Weight 0.395 kg
Dimensions 26.7 × 26.7 cm




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