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Sara Powter worked with her mother, Sheila Hunter doing their family history. This research discovered many wonderful Australian Colonial stories from the four Convicts they found in their tree. Sheila thought the stories were too good to forget, so she penned an Australian Colonial Trilogy, which, after Sheila died in 2002, Sara had printed.
Sara now continues the retelling. Weaving fact with fiction tells of the amazing and intrepid souls who worked together to make our wonderful country the fabulous place it is today. The convicts turned adversity to advantage! Stolen from the arms of loved ones in England. They worked and were rewarded with 'Tickets Of Leave', each becoming some of Parramatta's and Emu Plains’ leading citizens. Like many of the untold convict stories, there was often faith behind them. Their strong Christian Faith was taught to each generation.
She writes, “Over 200 years have passed since the first arrival of our family on this beautiful but rugged shore. Each day I come to love it more. Lee Kernaghan’s song "The Odyssey" sums it up! This country's got a hold on me! I will never regret that they came as convicts! I'm proud of that!” They were ripped from their loving families arms, never to return. Most were sent for very petty crimes. It made them strong and resilient and determined to do the best they can for their family!
The Lockley SeriesThe retelling of Charles and Sal's story mirrors John Ellison's and Sarah Watkins story. They were my GG Grandparents, along with Joseph Huff and Amelia Harlow. They regularly attended St John's church in Parramatta. Without their faith and example of Christian love, their own children and grandchildren may have followed different paths.
Sara is married to Stephen Powter. They have two grown children. Stephen an Anglican Minster, is recently retired. She loves to fish and he to surf, so you may well see them travelling up and down the Pacific Coast of the Eastern States of Australia, in an old caravan with rods and Surfboards boards under their 50 year old tinny! They live on the Central Coast of NSW.

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Historical Fiction
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Historical Fiction

Book two, in the Lockley of Parramatta series. It’s the 1840's and discoveries across the Blue Mountains continue. Major Mitchell's new road is complete, towns, are planned and built. Abundant land is available for those who want it. William “Wills” Lockley, 18, has laid a solid foundation for a respectable career as a blacksmith. But the Lockley lust for adventure flows deeply within his veins. He dreads the monotony of work at the Blacksmiths forge, and yearns for adventure in a new frontier. Wills meets six Englishmen who have the means to make his dreams come true. After he heads west, Wills has to deal with an uncertain romance..

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Historical Fiction

First in the Lockley’s of Parramatta series.
The small town of Parramatta in New South Wales is a rough place in the early 1830s. Convicts and ruffians galore. However, opportunities abound for those who are willing to work for it. Some do, many won’t. The Lockley’s are a family who will! Charles becomes a trusted community member after he helps quell a mutiny on the way out aboard the convict ship. He’s given a 'Ticket of Leave' and becomes the Government Stores Keeper in Parramatta.
Charles grasps the opportunities this colony offers his growing family. His faith gives him strength, his wife Sal, support.
Charlie, his oldest son will take over his Inn.
However, it is Eddie, his second son, who becomes a Blacksmith and an unassuming hero. Eddie used this role to enhance the town.
Unlike in England, the class system is almost gone. There is Convict and Free. There is an opportunity for all if you work for it.
A Love story in more ways than one.

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but there’s much more to life.

Luke, the youngest Lockley son, has completed University, and his life has no direction. No job, no money and no love. Desperately alone, he prays for guidance, and his brother Wills turns up with a suggestion. Reverend William Clarke needs assistance on a Government Mineral Survey. Would Luke be interested in joining the expedition? The challenge, adventure and their finds are life-changing for many. However, it gives Luke meaning, purpose and direction.

How can Luke trust God has a plan for him if he can’t even work out how to get a job? He does the only thing he can… he prays.
Within a week, life has changed... oh how it has changed! The condition of his heart problems also takes a turn. Can he walk away?

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Historical Fiction

With deeply scarred hearts Annie and Sam need answers
Sydney 1790s to England 1830s
Annie White, freed after serving her seven years as a convict in Sydney, gets a visitor who will change her life. She starts a baking business, and just as it’s making a profit, she’s then asked to assist another freed convict, named Sam Corbett. Annie nurses him back to health, and they settle into a life together, barely making ends meet; she realises she’s pregnant.

Sam has his own past laid bare, and he must adjust to the revelations. They both must face their accusers, and they find that the answers to their questions are not what they thought.

Their life experiences seem to cling tightly to them both, unable to shake it; finally, they end up back in England, facing their ghosts and discover they are not who they think they are.

How can they turn their anger and spite into love and forgiveness?

The Dance of Life goes on.

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