Fact-based historical novelHistorical Novel“…..every Australian should read this book. Demons at Dusk is an extremely powerful account of one of the most tragic and remarkable chapters of Australia’s history…reading it helped me understand my own country.”Peter FitzSimons. Sydney Morning Herald.1838 and the British Empire is expanding relentlessly. On a remote cattle statiFact-based historical novelHistorical Novel“…..every Australian should read this book. Demons at Dusk is an extremely powerful account of one of the most tragic and remarkable chapters of Australia’s history…reading it helped me understand my own country.”Peter FitzSimons. Sydney Morning Herald.1838 and the British Empire is expanding relentlessly. On a remote cattle station on the frontier of the young New South Wales colony a lonely convict hut keeper is forced to confront the power and greed, which drives that expansion.One of the convict stockmen on the station invites a group of Aborigines to the station with the promise of protection from the bands of marauding troopers and stockmen who roam the countryside. The station’s convicts and their overseer develop close relationships with the Aborigines but the threat of violence is never far away. All must ultimately face some terrible choices – choices which reverberate across the colony and leave the young hut keeper struggling to find the courage to stand against powerful oppressors.The story behind “Demons at Dusk” is true. It is a story of love and courage, betrayal and tragedy, mystery and deceit and the strength of the human spirit.Peter Stewart was born in Sydney in 1954. He is a former English and History teacher who has worked in the Sydney property and parking industry for over twenty years. Since leaving teaching, he has maintained a keen interest in Australian History, particularly in relation to indigenous issues.Peter has researched the Myall Creek Massacre for many years, was involved in the planning for the construction of the memorial at the site and now serves on the committee of the Sydney Friends of Myall Creek. He is a founding member of the Australian Independents Coalition for Political Integrity and he currently heads up a company in Sydney. Peter lives in southern Sydney with his wife, and has three adult children....
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demons at dusk Reviews
A good first novel about a horrifying period of Australian history and some of the first people to stand up for Aboriginals.
An interesting and thoroughly researched account of the massacre at Myall Creek and the first time that the European perpetrators were made accountable for their actions. Seven of the twelve were tried and executed. The writer is good on research but his writing is awkward when he tries to personalise his characters, almost cringe worthy when he describes the relationship between Anderson and the aboriginal woman who was subsequently butchered by the mob of squatters, ticket of leave convicts and convicts. However, an important look at the conflict between the squattocracy and Governor Gipps and a turning point in the way indigenous folk were treated.
Every Australian, especially those who are not particular aware of the atrocities committed against Indigenous Australian people over the creation of our country, should read this book for some enlightenment. Stewart uses primary and secondary sources and constructs and narrative detailing what occurred over 170 years ago to a peaceful and non-threatening group of people, by heartless, ignorant bastards. An emotionally difficult novel to read but, a must.
Shocking. I don't really want to talk about it...