Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth-century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. This is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia's heritage.
Source: Penguin Random House Australia.
This unit considers a range of Australian poetry, fiction and drama with a strong sense of place, and extends the city-bush divide that has been so prevalent in Australian culture. It is concerned with the ways a sense of place is manifested in literary works. It also examines the collective notion of 'Australian' literature for the differences made by settings in diverse parts of Australia and the sensibilities of authors from different regions. The unit includes a number of Western Australian works, and writings by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors.