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Sheila Hunter lived in Avoca Beach NSW and was a well known person in the area. Sadly she died in 2002 with out seeing or even knowing her books would be published.
Sheila was always a great Story teller. Whiling away many hours while travelling, telling stories to the family. After much encouragement she wrote some of them down.
Sadly she only wrote the three Historical novels, and was part way through a 4th when she became ill. She also wrote 4 Environmental Fairy stories, a children Aboriginal medicine story and a 3 volume Autobiography – again not finished. I am still finding many partly finished stories…
Sara Powter (Sheila's Daughter).

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Female
New South Wales
Authors Book Genres
Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction
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Author's Books
Book Title
Historical Fiction

Mattie aged 12 is convicted for petty theft, given the sentence of 7 years and is sent to Australia. She meets another convict woman who at her death gives Mattie a chance for a new life. Mattie makes the most of everything that comes her way. She earns her freedom, falls in love, marries and becomes a mother. Life is not kind to her. She meets bushrangers; moves to the Gold Fields in Bathurst and starts a store.
Mattie is the kind of woman that made
Australia what it is today.
Convict child, Wife, Bushrangers, Widow,
Bathurst Gold Fields, Shop Keeper, Town Builder ... A remarkable woman!

B J Pierson
5.0 out of 5 starsShe made it on her own. May 3, 2016
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Amazon purchase. I really liked the book. I now know what people went thru in the 1800. Mattie after given a chance to better herself did just that.
She ended up giving her children an education & owning a whole town. She grew in every way learning how to read & write & learn math. For
being a widow with 3 children was not an easy task in this wild but beautiful country. The story had some twists & surprises.

H. Hix
5.0 out of 5 starsEx-convict Makes Good. June 10, 2017
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Set in the time of Charles Dickson, it is sad, as is Oliver twist. However, it showed how the convicts managed to settle Australia along with a few People from England who were drawn by the idea of a great adventure, and how the convicts got along with many of the other immigrants.

mary wheelwright
5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing is all I can say!!!! Mary W
January 16, 2018
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What a story this is! Australia at it's time of the gold rush. A amazing story of life then. Mattie was truly great and brave person to live the life she did. I highly recommend this to everyone. You will love it. I did!

Book Title
Historical Fiction

Ricky & his mother immigrate from England to join his father in the new Colony of Sydney. On arrival there is no sign of his dad. Ricky's mum uses the tiny amount of money they have left the get lodgings in a run down building. Things go from bad to worse when his mother dies & he is thrown out of the lodgings, all their possessions are confiscated by the caretakers. Ricky finds himself living on the streets of Sydney Town as a street waif. Ricky finds safe places to sleep and befriends freed convicts who can help him survive. One day he finds another lost child and he helps reunite her with her family. These people try to help him but by his stubbornness he insists of doing things his way, but he has found a mentor and confidante. The story follows him through his life.

mary wheelwright
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a wonderfully story this is. Mary W.
January 16, 2018
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This is a amazing story to read. I have never read something quite like this before. The people were so real to me. I believe everyone should read this story. Australia was a unique place at that time and still is. It's history very different from where we live. These three boys made a good life for themselves from nothing. I highly recommend this book to all.

B J Pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars"AUSTRALIA, LAND OF THE "ROOS"
March 21, 2016
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AMAZON PURCHASE.WHAT AN AMAZING STORY OF 3 URCHINS COME TO FIND THEMSELVES IN GROWING UP TOGETHER AND TO
MAKE SOMETHING OF THEMSELVES WITH THE HELP OF OTHERS WHO FORMED THEMSELVES INTO FINE YOUNG MEN. I LOOK FORWARD TO READING "MATTIE" AND OTHER BOOKS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY I HOPE SOMEDAY TO VISIT.

5.0 out of 5 starsI loved this one
ByJan Rouseon January 26, 2016
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When is the next book available if there is one . I loved this one.

Book Title
Historical Fiction

Mary Macdonald and her family; her brother, Fergus MacKenzie; sister-in-law Caro MacLeod; cousins the Frasers and all their families who have had to emigrate from the Isle of Skye during the “Clearances”. The story follows the four families from Scotland, on the ship out, and to the NSW colony in 1850’s. Mary does not cope with the changes and losses that occur in the first months in the colony. The other women in the family rely on her and she nearly crumbles. Through accidents, losses, trials, floods, and hard work the families struggle together and forge a strong bond with their new country. The family learn to cope with major accidents and living with permanent disabilities, adapting their lives to make it easier for these family members.
The book follows some of the family through four generations.

Wonderful in every way!!!! Mary W
January 18, 2018
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I could not get enough of Sheila' s stories. They were great and mad me want to read more after I had read one I had to keep going. This is a great story of people wanting a better life in a new world. The way she tells it is amazing. I could not stop and kept reading it until I got to the end. I loved all her book and would recommend them to all.

starsFour Stars
December 7, 2016
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Very good

Lovely end to a series
April 28, 2016
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Lovely end to a series of books on the life and times of a large Scottish family of immigrants who come to Australia due to the "Clearance" of Scotland.

Author's Books
Book Title
Children's Fiction

Sue White, aged 13, is excited that her parents are to take her on a holiday to the Barrier Reef. Her friend Alison advises her to speak to another girl in their school who lives on a Barrier Reef island, for tips about life in such a place. They are surprised to find that the White fGreat Barrier Reef is an amazing place as the visitors soon discover.

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