FLAMES OF REBELLION
Flames of Rebellion is my first book. I spent time researching the Victorian goldfields, and especially Eureka goldfield.
Throughout the book I have attempted to capture the characters of these people and to faithfully work them into the story. To do this I have tried to access primary sources as much as possible, including newspapers and diary entries from people such as Rafaello Carboni. Access to primary sources in this day and age has been made so much easier due to the amazing Trove on-line resource provided by the National Library of Australia. Any reference to newspaper articles throughout the book have been quoted directly from the contemporary newspapers available on Trove. It really is amazing that I can sit in my lounge in Brisbane, and with a few key strokes I can read the actual articles that the people of the time would have seen.
On his release from gaol, all Patrick Flanagan wanted was a good woman, a family and a peaceful life. Then he heard the call that reverberated around the world. Gold!
Leaving Moreton Bay behind, he jumps aboard The Cumberland to work for his passage to the goldfields. On the voyage he befriends Fergus, an old sailor at the crossroads of new technology. Together the pair jump ship in Melbourne and head towards the Ballarat Goldfields to make their fortune.
But, their dreams of easy riches are soon shattered as they not only battle the elements and the elusive nature of the gold, but also corrupt administrators and brutal law enforcement officers of the Colony, including an old acquaintance of Patrick’s.
As the group struggle to make a living from the unforgiving earth, events move inexorably towards a fateful collision between the authorities and goldminers, testing the loyalties of the group and finding Patrick on the frontline facing Government forces as they emerge from the early morning mist.
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