Peter Blackmoore, newly released from the Newcastle Prison, meets Katherine O’Toole on his first day of freedom. He credits the pretty barmaid with turning his life around. After a whirlwind affair, they marry and set out for the Liverpool Plains to claim land and start their life together. In savage Colonial Australia in the 1840s, they’re appalled by the horrors invoked on the Aboriginals.
WARNING: Contains high impact horror and mature themes. Discretion is advised.
On the edge of the Australian frontier, lies the thin veneer of civilisation. Obfuscated beneath its walls and order is a tribal aggression, but it bubbles to the surface, every now and then …
Set in the 1830's during the convict transportation era between the United Kingdom and Australia, a thirteen-year old Peter Wilkins is convicted of burglary and transported to Van Diemen's Land to serve his sentence.
A True Story of Murder, Madness & the News in Colonial Melbourne. It's 1850s Australia. A double murder. A locked room. The murderer dying from a gunshot. But the reporter says the scene is near impossible. Herald reporter Edmund Finn said it was "one the most atrocious deeds which darken the pages of colonial history". Reinvestigate the case to find a far more complex story with modern resonance.
Five cosy short stories from Australia’s past and present ...
PORTRAIT WITH WINE STAINS: is it the struggling grazier or the flashy lover boy for Bel?
MISCAMBLE IS A MAN: Colonial Kate's lady visitor turns out to be a man - awkward!
POP-UP LOVER: a runaway hitchhiker finds love.
MISS WESTAWAY'S GARDEN: a shipboard romance and a jilted fiance.
ANDY'S GONE: back from a-drovin', Andy faces a choice.
Madelina Forbes Mitchell’s memoir is an interesting read that gives an insight into her extraordinary life and the trials endured upon moving to Australia with her husband Fredrick Mitchell in 1838. The reader is given a snapshot of time through the eyes of someone who was a little bit further up the aristocratic ladder than most.
Thirty award-winning short stories from the Stringybark 'Times Past' Short Fiction Awards entertainingly bring Australian history to life. From the first Australian hanging to twenty-first century medical care, these true stories will delight, challenge and intrigue the most demanding reader.
The Deception Engine - Part One
A Gender-Blending Steampunk Adventure
This is the first part of a series featuring gender-blending hero Phyllida Thorn and her companion, Hilary Templestowe.
In this volume, Phyllida and Hilary meet for the first time, and share a rollicking adventure in and around Colonial-Steampunk Sydney-town.
Warning: Sex & Adult Themes
A century and one-third after his death, Ned Kelly’s not forgotten, and it’s hard to believe that Australians will ever forget him. In his own lifetime he passed into folklore, as Max Brown makes clear, so where is he now? This is not an easy question, but wherever he is, Max Brown’s book is part of the answer.