Somebody’s Land

Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Illustrated by David Hardy

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.

For thousands and thousands of years,
Aboriginal people lived in the land we call Australia.

The land was where people
built their homes,
played in the sun,
and sat together to tell stories.

When the white people came,
they called the land
Terra Nullius.
They said it was nobody’s land.
But it was somebody’s land

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. It’s the first of five titles within our Welcome to Country series.

This book is a reflection of me. I'm incredibly hopeful. I choose to be positive, to help us heal as a nation. As a new father, with my daughter now approaching the age where she will start school, I'm so proud to be publishing a series of books about Australia's Indigenous history.'

- Adam Goodes

We would love this series to become a conversation starter for people young and old, to understand the importance of acknowledging Country, the truth about Australia's history, and the rich culture of the traditional custodians of the land we live in.'

- Ellie Laing

Growing up, I never received any education around the concept of Terra Nullius or the Acknowledgement of Country. Somebody's Land was one of those stories where as soon as I read it, I thought - I have to do this.'

- David Hardy

Non Fiction Picture Book

Adam Goodes, Ellie Laing & David Hardy

Adam Goodes is an Adnyamathanha and Narungga man and community leader. He was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his public work in the fight against racism and his advocacy in First Nations affairs. Adam cofounded the GO Foundation, which supports and inspires the next generation of First Nations leaders.

Ellie Laing is a political adviser and former journalist and presenter.

David Hardy is a Barkindji man, author and artist with more than eight years of animation experience with Walt Disney Studios.

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