A Universal Truth

“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated." Nelson Mandela

About Us

Green Barrow

Green Barrow Publishing grew out of one teacher’s desire to have students become habitual readers. Allan Drummond began teaching in 1966, when the teacher was the main resource and school libraries were not well stocked. In 1998, he wanted his junior history students to be able to read more non-fiction, so he began writing and self-publishing a series of forty biographies of Famous People for 10 – 14 year olds. From 2018 to 2020, Allan was considered too old to be of use in Australian schools, so he became involved in the training of teachers in South Sudan, the newest and poorest country in the world. He describes this experience as a genuine privilege, working with people who have suffered so much, but who remain resilient, resourceful and grateful. More recently, he has been engaged in a similar role in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and continues to produce new titles for young students who need to be able to measure themselves against role models.

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What People Say About Green Barrow Publishing

  • John Monash “is a lively presentation, easy to read and a nice accessible tribute to a great Australian."

    John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia.

  • “Allan Drummond writes history with a light touch ... aided by Lumsden’s witty cartoons.”

    Magpies Magazine

  • Green Barrow books ... “are intended as a stimulating introduction to famous lives and their periods. And they are!”

    Kooringa, Journal of the History Teachers’ Association of South Australia (HTASA).