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The Firstborn Sons

(The Rickards Family Story)


by Raymond Boyd Dunn


Smashwords Edition


Copyright 2012 Raymond Dunn


As this book is of the Australiana genre, all spelling has been checked in Heinemann’s Australian Dictionary.


Prologue


My name is William George Rickards. You might already know a little about me if you read the story of my train trip to Darwin on the Indian Pacific and The Ghan from which I recently returned. (Once upon a Time on the Ghan).

But just in case you haven’t ─ I am a partner in an Accountancy firm in the beautiful city of Toowoomba. I was born at Dalby in 1975. I am still single in this year of Our Lord 2004, with only a slight chance of rectifying that status in the near future to the satisfaction of my mother. I have two sisters (Margaret and Jane) and one brother (Jack). I board in Toowoomba with Margaret who is married to Webster Johnson, a motor mechanic, and they have two children. My other two siblings are also un-wed, and live with my parents, George and Bertha, on Bethrick, their cattle and grain property north of Dalby.

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