Many years ago, I got access to the diaries of Minnie Hunter, whose father, James, was the original lessee of Kalangadoo Station in the South East of South Australia. The land that constituted our family farm, where I grew up, was originally part of the Hunter run.
My continuing fascination with Minnie’s story has ultimately resulted in my historical novel, Boss. But it has also given me a continuing interest in writing about events and themes from Australia’s history.
Taken In, to be published in early 2019, is set in ‘marvellous Melbourne’ in the 1890s, and explores a range of issues and themes relevant to the city at that time.