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Having majored in Australian Prehistory at Latrobe University I love the challenge of being a detective of the past. Above all else I enjoy researching challenging stories from the past which usually end with a revisionist outcome. I believe that if humanity could only pay proper respect to the past then the world would be a better place.

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Australian History, Crime, Historical Fiction
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Historical Fiction

Born in 1811 Francis Macnamara a.k.a Frank the Poet was by birth a member of an old and noble Irish family. This mattered little under English rule. Frank was falsely accused of a 'Terry Alt' crime and transported to Sydney. If his early life was ill fated his ‘tour to hell’ was to leave him with the choice of losing his soul or to fight against all tyranny.
Frank takes up the fight which leads him to participate in Australia’s first ever Gold Escort Robbery and the disappearance of the ship the Madagascar, with the help of the infamous American Pirate Bully Hayes.
This is the untold and true story of a great Irish/Australian anti-hero

Geoff Stewart's The Silent Moon establishes a whole new series of connections between major characters and events from the mid nineteenth century. In a truly revisionist work major assumptions and previously held beliefs are challenged. The author elects to present his research by using the historical fiction genre. The story has plenty of interest for American readers as one of the two main characters is the infamous Pirate Bully Hayes. This story does not let Bully off as lightly as other historians have and Bully is linked with the First ever Gold Escort Robbery in Australia in 1853 and the disappearance of the Gold ship The Madagascar also in 1853. American Civil War historians will be familiar with debate surrounding claims that John Francis Fern was an American Civil War hero. Although this book does not assess the actual events around this claim it is clear that John Francis Fern was a leader of the McIvor Escort Robbery in 1853 and that he and his brother turned approver and informed on his ‘mates’ for the sake of his own skin and a healthy reward. The author establishes that Fern sailed to South America in 1854. The author leaves the reader in no doubt that Fern was not a moral man or indeed had the makings of a hero. Additional interest for American readers will be the trial and execution of Tipperary Bill in California and the lawlessness of those times. It will not surprise historians that William Morris, although he was tried legally, was yet another ex-Sydney rogue that helped to create the need for the vigilantes. Australian historians will be challenged by the findings in regards to many long held views of events in their country and the author completely re-writes the fate of the famous convict ‘Frank the Poet’.

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