Robert Macklin is a great admirer of Hamilton Hume (1797–1873). He paints a vivid, scholarly picture of one of Australia’s lesser-known ‘currency’ explorers: a man who spent his youth hiking in the bush, with his brother and an Aboriginal guide, as often as his mother would allow. Hume was a successful farmer, able bushman and an expert on Aboriginal customs and languages. It was these skills that led to Hume’s being invited on expeditions to find arable land. These journeys were successful: land and water were found, and Hume’s teams returned alive and without the bloodshed which occurred in later expeditions, where the leaders lacked Hume’s linguistic skills and cultural understanding.
Katy Gerner is a writer, teacher, history buff and avid scholar. She has written or contributed to twenty-two text books for Macmillan Education including: People Who Shaped Australia, Caroline Chisholm, Cultural Celebrations, From Colonisation to Federation, The Australian Immigration Debate, World Religions Buddhism, World Religions Hinduism, World Religions Judaism, World Religions Islam, World Religions Catholicism, and World Religions Protestantism.
Katy also teaches students with physical disabilities for TAFE and has a Master of Special Education, a Master of Education (Support Teaching), a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (Basic Education), a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and a Graduate Certificate in Linguistics.
From the New Issue
Travels with a Writing Brush: Classical Japanese travel writing from the Manyōshū to Bashō edited by Meredith McKinneyReviewed by Barry Hill