Turn on a Light
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This new novel is based on a story I heard in Alice Springs about an old gold mining centre to the east of the town. Gold was found there in the late Nineteenth Century but the site was abandoned around the time of the First World War. During the Second World War, an Aboriginal group was transported out of Alice Springs to the site. The deaths of a number of very young children over the next decade led Catholic missionaries to move the community to a new location. It is the home of the same group to this day.
The region in which I have set the story is the Eastern Goldfields: in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and a fictional old gold-mining site north-north west of Kalgoorlie named Plantagenet. Additionally, I changed the era to the mid-1970s. But the event mentioned above and the role of missionaries is still central to my novel.
The cover design has been completed by the incomparable Ross MacLennan from Book Covers Australia. The image to the right shows the overall cover and spine while that to the left is clearer image of the front cover. What I love is the way Ross has been able to combine all four major themes on the overall cover. I am also indebted to Brett Monaghan for the wonderful photo of the children and, as far as I aware from Brett, no objections from the Ernabella people.
If you are interested in knowing more about the story, go to the heading “Synopsis of Turn on a Light” which is next to the heading that brought you here.