Hamilton Hume: Our Greatest Explorer
While English-born soldiers, sailors and surveyors have claimed pride of place among the explorers of the young New South Wales colony, the real pathfinder was a genuine native-born Australian. Hamilton Hume, a man with a profound understanding of the Aboriginal people and an almost mystical relationship with the Australian bush, led settlers from the cramped surrounds of Sydney Town to the vast fertile country that would provide the wealth to found and sustain a new nation. Robert Macklin, author of the critically acclaimed DARK PARADISE, tells the heroic tale of this young Australian man who outdid his English 'betters' by crossing the Blue Mountains, finding a land route from Sydney to Port Phillip and opening up western New South Wales. His contribution to the development of the colony was immense but downplayed in deference to explorers of British origin. HAMILTON HUME uncovers this brave man's achievements and paints an intriguing and at times shocking portrait of colonial life, by the author of the bestselling SAS SNIPER.
a fascinating read - DAILY TELEGRAPH on DARK PARADISE riveting and shocking - HERALD SUN on SAS SNIPER
Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland University and the ANU. He began his journalistic career on the Courier-Mail and subsequently wrote for The Age, The Bulletin and was Associate Editor of the Canberra Times until 2003. Robert is the author of 26 books, including four novels and major works of history and biography, including three memoirs of recently retired SAS operators. He is a graduate of the Australian Film and TV School and has written and directed documentary films in 33 countries of Asia and the South Pacific. He now lives in Canberra and Tuross Head and divides his time between his screenplays and books.