Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft

Remembering Lionsville
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Remembering Lionsville

Bronwyn Bancroft

‘Come with me to my family’s old house in Lionsville. It’s full of memories. It’s a special place. Uncle Pat calls it a secret place…We played in that old tin cubby, swam in the creek with the catfish, and fell asleep to the ribbip of frogs at night…And around the red cedar table we listened to the old people’s stories. We learned a lot that way.’

Renowned artist Bronwyn Bancroft’s Remembering Lionsville brings to vivid life her family’s oral history and her own childhood memories.


Bursting with bold colour and line, Remembering Lionsville tells the story of Bronwyn Bancroft’s childhood visits to her grandfather’s home, interwoven with the history of her large family.

The oral storytelling that is integral to Australian Indigenous life is part of the author’s own rich background, and her respect and creativity make this journey back a joyous celebration. As she guides us around the old home, she reminisces about a childhood that embraced the rhythm of the outback and the freedom that came with it.

Sleeping under the stars, swimming in the creek, listening to her elders, imagining walking in their footsteps and always feeling safe: she paints a wonderful world in words and images. As she says in her afterword, ‘I have been preparing for this book all my life,’ and you understand she has put her heart and soul into it. This is inspired storytelling from a very successful artist and author.

For ages 4 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorne.

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