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More Colourful Tales of Old Gippsland
Author: John Wells

ISBN: 9780949449177
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 154
Published: 1 November 2003
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.7
Tales of courageous settlers carving their homes out of scrub, murders in a mysterious enclosed valley, and ship-wrecks on the high seas, make this collection of stories about Old Gippsland absorbing reading. Existing in wretched living conditions, the settlers built homes for their families. Many are remembered for their determination, such as one man who had to remove seventy two large trees just to make a clearing for his house, and Martha Jane King who turned 6000 hectares of virgin bush into the magnificent Bunguyan Station. It is said that when she arrived in Australia she sat on a log and cried. She was in a new country, a desolate and primitive land, with young children and no husband, for he had died on the journey. But her determination proved for her family in the rough ready days of the 1840s. Other pioneers are remembered for their bravery and initiative, like the Reverend F. A. Hagenauer who set up the Ramahyuck Mission for Aborigines on Lake Wellington.Working under harsh conditions, this humane and benevolent man won the confidence of the Aborigines and eventually the mission boasted a bakery, a butcher's shop, a small hospital, a school, a lib...

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