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Town Rising by Alma Timms
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Town Rising

by Alma Timms

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Timothy Rawdon and his wife, Milly, gentle Quakers from the South Downs of England, are among the earliest settlers on this side of the harbour. They arrive in the new colony seeking a better, healthier life for their teenage sons. Timothy Rawdon becomes overseer to the kindly James Milson, a large landholder in the area. But all does not run smoothly for the new settlers. Alfred, the elder son, and Lenkuyna, a young aboriginal girl, become close friends. Both cultures do not approve.
Alma Timms, widow of the ever-popular E. V. Timms and novelist in her own right, skilfully builds the Rawdons’ story against the background of the developing North Shore, weaving fiction with fact in a delicate historical romance.
The men who pioneered Sydney’s North Shore come alive in these pages: the colourful Jamaican Billy Blue, the “Old Commodore” who transported the first settlers across the harbour by rowboat; Conrad Martens, the famous watercolourist; Edward Wollstonecraft, Alexander Berry, Ben Boyd, John Dunmore Lang, Archibald Mossman, Robert Pymble and Edmund Blacket.
  McDonaldTait | Mar 30, 2007 |
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