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There Were Three Ships

There Were Three Ships

by Christopher Richards
There Were Three Ships

There Were Three Ships

by Christopher Richards



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Three shiploads of settlers sail for a magnificent, isolated bay to establish a Utopia. But Australia, settled by Europeans less than 100 years before, strikes back at the intruders.

Here for the first time is the story of the ill-fated Camden Harbour expedition of 1864-65 - a venture bedevilled by a searing climate, harsh terrain and proud indigenous inhabitants determined to hold fast to their homeland.

The harbour is cradled in a region of Western Australia that hides ancient Aboriginal art deep in cave galleries in sandstone escarpments. It still barely visited even today, although early explorers gave it glowing praise.

The endorsements were a glittering promise for 124 men, women and children - but condemned some to their deaths in a sub-tropical wilderness and marked the lives of all.

Reviews from historians and academics include: �Rescued from oblivion - a fascinating piece of Australian history.� "Sound, comprehensive, full of human interest, as well as historical insight . . . The style of writing is fluent and pacy."

Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Local History Award.

The book is a travel guide to mid-19th century Western Australia, covering the story of the Kimberley region of WA, including its rich Aboriginal tradition, and the advance of incoming Europeans. With maps, illustrations and relevant emigration and shipping lists.

Lloyd's List International notes: �An emigration over 3,750 miles in the mid-19th century would usually be assumed to be an Atlantic Ocean crossing to America. That the Camden Harbour emigration was from one part of Australia to the far north-west of the land, underlines the sheer size of the country."

The author says: �In a five-decade career as a journalist, I have written from four continents. Back in my homeland of Australia, I decided to unravel a story closer to me. How two of my family's forbears, from Cornwall, put life and savings at risk in a bold and ultimately doomed venture.

"The exploit was only vague gossip in my family. The final tale that I discovered gripped the imagination of all of us. We had become one of the millions of threads weaving the history of this country.�

The setting for this adventure is near the end of a tumultuous 1864. The American Civil War rages, Lincoln wins a second term, Maori wars flare in New Zealand and a Prussian army invades Denmark.

In a forgotten corner of the world, three sailing ships weigh anchor for a journey into tragedy.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940149492640
Publisher: Christopher Richards
Publication date: 04/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 210
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Christopher Richards has worked as a newspaper and radio journalist in Australia and Britain, writing also from the United States, Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Pacific. 'There Were Three Ships' is the first and the only full account of the Camden Harbour expedition.

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