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A Different Earth
Author: Max C S Beck

ISBN: 9780994418203
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 1 November 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.06
Based on a true story, A Different Earth is an epic tale of a resilient pioneering woman.

On the threshold of starvation when the potato blight hits Cornwall, Jane Dunstan decides to rescue her family from desperate poverty and her husband, Richard, from the dreadful conditions in the mines. She successfully applies for a "free passage" to migrate to South Australia with their seven children aged from one to twelve. After suffering appalling living conditions in the cramped steerage quarters of the ship and the challenges of the sea during the three month journey, the family, on arrival in South Australia in 1849, travel 100 miles north of Adelaide by bullock wagon to the Burra copper mines. At Burra they live in an underground dugout in the banks of the Burra Creek and Richard, with his three eldest boys, works in the mine.

To Jane it's a dramatic time, with floods, a new baby born underground and the tragic loss of her husband and two daughters. On the discovery of gold in Victoria in 1851, Jane hires a bullock dray and driver to take her remaining six children on a courageous six-week, 550 mile overland trek to the Victor...

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