Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky’s

Hello Teachers,

I’m a storyteller, writer and Australian folk musician
based in Castlemaine, Victoria. 
I have a passion for Australian history
that I love to pass on to young people in schools … and

*  I’m widely known as a founder the famous Bushwackers Band (1971)
*  Have 47 years experience writing and performing Australian history stories,
including …

*  Hundreds of shows for thousands of students
*  13 history features on ABC Radio National
*  Two award-winning television history documentaries for ABC and SBS
*  Several best-selling history and heritage books such as the Bushwackers Dance Book and Me & Phar Lap
*  Several awards, including a Victorian Community History Award for goldrush CDs The Monster Meeting.

My top quality Australian history incursions are

*      Highly recommended
*      Curriculum aligned and adaptable to your curriculum focus
*      Thoroughly researched, factual and with new information in addition to the standard knowledge
*      Based in story, music and theatre
*      Popular with students and teachers, and include meaningful student participation.

Booking/Enquiry Form
Phone:    0417 332 065


General Australian History

The Australian History Show (Prim. & Sec.)
Songs, music & stories to meet your curriculum focus.

Family & Local History

HOME (is with my family) (P-1)
Music show/workshop where students write about their family

Landmarks of Melbourne (Year 2 and over)
Stories and songs about Melbourne’s famous places.

Colonial, Indigenous & Reconciliation

Wominjeka: The Thank You Workshop (Prim & Sec)
Music workshop where students learn and record a song of reconciliation.

The Go-Between: William Murrungurk Buckley (Prim & Sec)
Theatre show on colonial and Indigenous history.
Involves students playing characters.

1850s Gold Rush

Gold in the Heart (Prim & Sec)
Theatre/music show telling of Victorian gold rush.
Involves students playing characters.

World War One – Gallipoli

Çanakkale. Gallipoli. Lest We Forget  (4/5/6 & Sec.)
Australian -Turkish music/theatre/literature show on Gallipoli.
Involves students playing characters.

Storytelling and writing (also good for English)

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky’s Author Visit   (Prim & Sec)
Performing extracts from his many books and talking about the process of writing them.

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky’s Storytelling Workshop (Prim & Sec)
Teaching students to interpret and tell stories

 Just for Fun…
Jan’s Family Show
For that social occasion with parents and kids.