New Featured Release “The Aborigine and the Drover”
Author: John P.F. Lynch
Release date: Advance Review Copies June 2017
For general release hard copy, eBook and POD July 2017
Sid Harta Publishers Melbourne Australia
In the 1860’s in the Colony of Victoria, Tabu an aborigine goes ‘walkabout’ after a violent tribal fight during which his brother is killed. He rescues the wife of a drover/farmer — Michael, who is an escaped Convict. He hires Tabu, to help him drove sheep into the mainly unexplored northern districts of Victoria to the Murray River. Only a few hardy explorers and drovers had previously been through this country when bringing stock overland from Sydney to Melbourne.
Their droving encounters many difficulties, crossing several rivers — bushfires — floods — theft of sheep and aborigine conflict. Parallel family stories involve an aborigine battle — wild dog attacks — water rights and attempted piracy. The Novel also includes other tales involving their family’s trial and tribulations, bordering on truth and fiction.
The Author’s knowledge of Australian history has helped him interweave tales of early settlers and aboriginal lifestyles to bring together significant events that occurred within Michael’s and Tabu’s family. The Colony’s scenery and unique animals are also vividly described, together with a surprising conclusion for Michael. Collectively these descriptions have helped to complete an exciting must read story ‘Of days gone by’ and will be of interest to all readers, and will increase the knowledge of students of Australian History.
John P F Lynch has written several History Books and a Biography. This is his second Novel. His first Novel, ‘The Convict and the Soldier’ is a story of the Colony in the 1860’s. This Novel is a sequel. His mother’s great, great Grandparents all settled near the town of Kyneton — Victoria, during the years of 1844-1855. John was a member of both the Kyneton and Romsey Historical Societies, both of who have helped him in his research for his books.
He has travelled extensively in his career in Aviation and visited County Clare in Ireland and Cumbria in England to research his books.
John is a Member of the Order of Australia, a Knight Hospitaller of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and a Fellow of the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices. He served in the RAN Fleet Air Arm and was the President of the Romsey/Lancefield RSL for nine years. He is also a former President and Secretary of the Romsey Football/Netball Club.
Currently he is active with the Macedon Ranges Legacy Group, having served a term as Chairman of the Group, a Board Member of the Bendigo Club and is the long standing Sergeant at Arms the State Vice President of the Malayan Borneo Veterans Association and Vice President of the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee.
He has now retired but continues as a volunteer in the community.