Publisher's synopsis

Wresting his family from the easy living of nineteenth–century Sydney, Cornelius Laffey takes them to northern Queensland where thousands of hopefuls are digging for gold in the mud. They confront the horror of Aboriginal dispossession, and Cornelius is sacked for reporting the slaughter. This is an unforgettable tale of the other side of Australia’s heritage.


  • Winner 1988 Steele Rudd Award (Fiction)
  • Winner 1988 FAW ANA Literature Award