Go North-West, young man! Novice school teacher Don Roberts certainly did, back in the 1950s, when he travelled north-west out of Melbourne to take on a challenging role in a single-teacher primary school in Victoria’s Mallee Country.
Don Roberts, 2008.
Go North-West, but not around the bend is the title of the book by Gold Coast author, Don Roberts. It is the touching, good-humoured tale of Mr Roberts’ time as the only teacher standing between a platoon of energetic, cheeky and innovative children and mayhem – although there’s plenty of mayhem anyway and Don Roberts is usually right in the thick of it.
This charming book, which is richly illustrated in caricature and with historical photographs is sure to have high interest among educators around Australia. It is a rich, entertaining tale that marks a bygone era in Australia’s modern history.
“Larry was one of the cheekiest of the lot!” laughs Mr Roberts. “They were an amazing bunch of children from the Mallee County, who went on to do amazing things later on in life as well.”
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Go North-West but not around the bend by Don Roberts is available online for $29.95