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The Fairies of Plant Street
The New Child
War Over Work
The Patchwork Nation
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Art for the Country

Art for the Country. Victoria's regional art galleries have a colourful history replete with political drama, directors vilified, battles with arts bureaucrats, generous benefactors and dedicated citizens fighting for a better deal for the arts in everyday life. The early galleries in Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool and Geelong grew out of post-Gold Rush wealth and the desire of prominent citizens to improve the quality of cultural life. In the post-War years a new movement, beginning in Mildura, began to fight for the rights of all rural citizens to have exposure to the arts, through improved government funding and assistance from the National Gallery of Victoria. The new galleries had a regional focus, led by visionaries and not always supported by local councils and ratepayers whose priorities lay with practical needs such as paved roads, sewers and sporting fields. The conflicts continue to this day. This is the ongoing story of Art for the Country

Kids and Technology

Kids: Technology and the Future. Kids today are a new breed. The information technology revolution has transformed their lives and offers massive potential for their education and entertainment. Creativity, adaptability and emotional intelligence are the key skills they require. We need teachers who can nurture their voracious appetites for learning for this century. We need a responsive industry with innovative thinkers designing content, both for and with them.
Kids: Technology and the Future in pdf format (800KB) Kids Technology and the Future


Peak: Reinventing Middle Age. Society is changing faster than policies and attitudes are keeping up with. People are living longer, retiring from work later, and remaining active and valuable contributors to the community well into and beyond their 50s and 60s.

Peak: Reinventing Middle Age focuses on Australians in the 50–75 age bracket: their contributions to society and their needs and expectations for their own lives. It is an insightful look at employment, relationships, education, housing, finances, lifestyles, health and aged care, and the need for reinvention both on a personal level and in terms of social policy.

It includes ten short biographies of Australians who have embraced their middle age in a variety of interesting and inspirational ways. They are living fulfilled lives, contributing to their communities and, most importantly, not succumbing to outdated notions of winding down or stepping back from life in this exciting stage of life.

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In Praise of Ageing

In Praise of Ageing. Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world?

In Praise of Ageing flyer in pdf format (800KB) In Praise of Ageing

Read an edited extract Old and Invisible from the Weekend Australian, September 2013, and in pdf format (380KB) Weekend Australian

Read Lunch with Patricia Edgar from the Age, September 2013

Listen to the podcast of The Conversation Hour on Ageing with John Faine, ABC Radio, October 11 2013

Big Fat Porkies and Little White Lies

Big Fat Porkies and Little White Lies. Humorous children's story illustrated by 11 year-old in quirky watercolors. Tim starts telling fibs. He can't work out how his Mum always knows when he lies. Grandma helps Tim learn the difference between 'little white lies' and 'big fat porkies'.
Available for purchase at Amazon

Fairies of Plant Street

The Fairies of Plant Street. An original children's story by Patricia Edgar based on the actual correspondence between Emily and Ace and the tooth fairies who live in their garden. Gloriously illustrated in vibrant water colors by Don Edgar who has brought fairyland to life.
'When Emily and Ace move house they discover tooth fairies live in their garden. They write to them and become good friends, learning many secrets about fairyland and the ways fairies care for children. All things are possible for those who believe'
Available for purchase at Etsy


The New Child: in search of smarter grown-ups, (read review, The Age) by Don & Patricia Edgar, is a challenging book on how Australian childhood is changing, and what needs to be done by parents, teachers and policy-makers to meet the needs of the 21st century child.

 More about The New Child ...
 'The New Child' in pdf format (864KB) The New Child
 'Bloodbath' in pdf format (3MB) Bloodbath


From the Archive - Media She

Recent Articles by Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar

La Trobe University Graduation Ceremony 2018
  • Keynote Speech to Graduates (May 2018)
  • Citation, Doctor of Letters (May 2018)
  • Watch the Ceremony and the speech (Melbourne Campus 14-18 May 2018, 17 May - 3pm, commencing about 5 minutes in)

  • Submission to the Australian and Children's Screen Content Review
  • Read the full submission in pdf format (387KB)  Australian Content and children's programs

  • Latest articles
  • The Death of Australian Children's Broadcast TV Programming (April 2018)
  • TV Expert slams ACMA research (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 3 (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 2 (September 2017)
  • What are Children's Television Programs and should we preserve them? Part 1 (September 2017)
  • The Latest ACMA Research on kids' TV brings no comfort to Australian Producers (September 2017)
  • Patricia Edgar on Children's TV: Part Two (August 2017)
  • Patricia Edgar on Children's TV: Part One (August 2017)
  • Scrap children's TV content quotas (July 2017)
  • Networks try same fight over and over again (July 2017)

  • Links
  • Screen Australia on Children's Content (September 2017)

  • More articles by Patricia Edgar and Don Edgar

    In The Australian In The Age/Sydney Morning Herald In On Line Opinion Other

    Patricia Edgar In Screen Hub In Shine - a monthly publication for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development In The Beacon
    • Breast Cancer Network Australia Magazine, 2011 in pdf format (70KB) The Beacon

    Articles of Interest
    • Star Wars and Australia's Secrets in pdf format (91KB) Star Wars and Australia's Secrets
    • LaTrobe university lecture (August 2011) Mr Mildura: Reg Etherington
    • Spasmodic Dysphonia in pdf format (312KB) Spasmodic Dysphonia   Read more on the  Brain Foundation website
    Visit the World Summit for Media and Children website
      World Summit on Media for Children

    Dr Don Edgar is an internationally known authority on family change, marriage trends, community development and the work/family balance. His PhD in Sociology from Stanford University led him to teaching at the prestigious University of Chicago in the United States, and at Monash and La Trobe Universities in Australia. In 1980, he was appointed foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where his pioneering research helped shape government policy towards Australian families over two decades. He is a member of the Victorian Children's Council.
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    Dr Patricia Edgar is without peer in Australia as a media researcher, producer of children's television, and policy expert on media. She is the recipient of many awards and the author of nine books. She taught the first film courses in an Australian university and was the architect of the Australian Children's Programme Standards. As founding Director of the Australian Children's Television Foundation she kick-started an industry, producing an outstanding slate of internationally recognized programs. She founded the World Summit Movement on Media for Children, which she chairs.
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