By Robyn Annear
Gold was once stumbled on in Australia in 1851, and inside a 12 months the newborn colony was once reworked from a sump for convicts to a Land of chance. Robyn Annear's energetic heritage describes intimately lifestyles at the diggings: the dust of wintry weather and mud of summer season, the pluckiness of the ladies and kids, the grog shanties, the flies, the mania of mining, the melancholy and the delirium, and the a lot hated licensing process which used to be to culminate within the Eureka Stockade.
'Robyn Annear tells the tale of the 1852 gold rushes in imaginitive element ... she tells us the way it felt to be there. you end up caring concerning the difficulties some time past resolved, sharply conscious of the gold diggers' hopes and ordeals, diverted through the excessive comedy of a chaotic lifestyles. like every reliable narratives, it appears to be like effortless since it is so simply learn and loved ... She makes a mosaic out of small moments of expertise ... The actual realities of the diggings come to mind, with the entire creative methods of dealing with tent house, cooking, guarding gold, discovering feed for horses, heading off wind and rain, ants and mice.' Brenda Niall
Robyn Annear was born in Melbourne in 1960. She spends her time writing and discovering, typing for folks and looking out after her family members. She is usually a part-time bookseller and President of the buddies of the Castlemaine Library.
'History from the interior; splendidly entertaining.' Age
'A great addition to Australian background, pointing to badly wanted ways that historical past may be made extra reader-friendly.' Quadrant