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  • Sarah Fletcher Transported

    A well researched book weaving Australian history into a personal story. I appreciate the pioneering spirit of this amazing woman, Sarah Fletcher. Her empathy for aboriginals is now recognised and her life is preserved in this lovely tale. Thank you Peter Kelly.

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  • Sarah Fletcher - a lesson in life.

    Peter Kelly brilliantly portrays the lives of these early convict settlers and makes history come alive. He follows the twists and turns in the life of Sarah Fletcher. He exposes how atrocious the English were to their convicts in their “mother country” and after transportation to Australia. He exposes many truths about early white man settlement in Australia with the skullduggery and corruption of the times and the desperate measures people would stoop to for survival or to gain power or wealth. The book is very meaningful to me as it is about my Great Great Great grandmother. My mother was Agnes Eveline Hambilton and her great grandfather, Henry married Sarah Annie Cowell daughter of Sarah Fletcher and James Cowell. As I was born at Young NSW the latter parts of the book set at Burrangong, Lambing Flat (later named Young) and the exposed truths about brothers James White (known as the founder of Young), John and Thomas (Sarahs first husband) are intriguing. Peter Kelly’s treatment of the subject of the elimination of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania and the irreversible degradation and displacement of the Waridjuri people was clear and possibly the most believable I have read to date. Peter Kelly makes that turbulent time with gold rushes, miners rights, Chinese Riots, bush rangers, murders, love stories, true heroes, survival and achievements really come to life. It’s the right amount of historical data, woven cleverly into the plot. It’s captivating and easy to read. I learned a lot about my family roots. My Dad was born in Murringo (near Young) and of incredibly strong Irish stock. The Irish have been atrociously mistreated for hundreds of years at the hands of the English in the form of slavery, murder and corruption, way before they settled in Australia. My Dad had no time for the English and a deep rooted distrust and animosity. He played Rugby League against the English touring side in 1950 and refused any social interaction at all. I can now better understand this feature in his makeup. I also wonder how much of Sarah Fletchers story had been passed down through the generations or how much of the convict shame had been covered up. I certainly knew nothing about Sarah until my recent fascination with ancestry and low and behold, Peter Kelly’s book revealed it all! Sarah Fletcher - certainly a woman of substance and resilience, true to herself and a woman I am proud to have in my DNA.

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