How would the oft-told stories about Eureka have been different if women had been included? Clare Wright interrogates this omission and brings women to the forefront in her powerful history book for young adults.
Lesley Williams was forced to leave her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant. Lesley never saw her wages – they were kept ‘safe’ for her. She was taught not to question her life, until desperation made her start to wonder. So began a nine-year journey for answers.
It is 1880. Ruby, refugee of a massacre, shelters in the South Australian woods where she befriends an Irish trapper. Her fear of discovery is overcome by her need for human contact, which is ultimately challenged by an Aboriginal lawman