Young English immigrant Gabrielle Fox comes to the marvellous Melbourne of the 1870s as a third class passenger, falling in love with a first class girl against the social conventions of the time. But the extraordinary characters he meets in this fast growing city don't care about convention, and that is a great help in winning the girl's hand. He is plunged into the often dishonest financial dealings of the time, with all the attendant political and social stresses. While remaining honest himself, with great difficulty, he faces bank crashes and deals with a partner who registers a building society with a paid up capital of one pound. Gabrielle Fox has a wild ride in Melbourne to ultimately reach his own fortune.
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About the Author
Originally Uncle Jasper was in business. After that he was, for thirteen years, an MP in the Victorian Parliament. After retirement from Parliament he was awarded the title of 'Honourable', which is his for life. Privately he had been prominent in the Scout movement and led boys in outdoor activities, jamborees, bush walking,and rock-climbing, He was issued a rock climbing instructors certificate and an unrestricted flying license in light aircraft.. He became interested in Community Radio and, with a friend, conducted a program entitled 'Tuesday Tonic'. It dealt with current affairs and he interviewed numerous guests, astronomers, stockbrokers, and specialists of all kinds. He has travelled extensively, read a lot and written a lot, five books to date. He also writes short stories and if there is a demand for such things his first book of that genre will be titled 'Scary Stories by Uncle Jasper'.