Historical epic White Ghosts is set against the tumultuous background of Brisbane’s founding, a saga of three generations of the Petrie family spanning one hundred years.
In 1824 felon Sean Kelly arrives at Moreton Bay with a contingent of soldiers and convicts to establish a penal colony. Local Aboriginal tribes face a dilemma: resist or succumb? Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Andrew Petrie witnesses the massive fire that destroys a large section of the city.
From the wilds of Moreton Bay to the streets of Edinburgh and Sydney, from the southern goldfields back to the notorious penal colony at Brisbane this gripping tale explores the notions of payback, resilience, survival, love against all odds, the clash of cultures and reconciliation. The novel also examines relationships between blacks and whites on the violent Queensland frontier.
While White Ghosts is fiction, deep down it is a meticulously researched, moving history of early Queensland.