Caroline’s Locket

It’s 1851 and Joe is a policeman in Sydney. He doesn’t mind cutting corners and through the theft of a locket, attempts to compromise a police sergeant into the same way of thinking. The sergeant has problems of his own and what starts out as a random opportunity ends with tragic results.

As a result, Joe must leave Sydney and takes the chance to try his luck in the newly discovered gold fields to the west.

On the one hand, this is a story about Sydney, the gold fields to the west and the journey between in 1851. The topography, the people, their pursuits and the places where they live and work.

On the other, this is a love story about a man who finds himself by being tested against bushrangers, opportunists and the harsh Australian bush at the height of the gold rush. He finds care and affection from his friends, but antipathy and murderous intent by many who would rather steal from someone else than make their own fortune.

At the end, he finds he must do what he should have done all along.


Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke is only one of many Australians who are intrigued by the stories of those immigrants who helped create a nation. Where did they come from? Why did they come? Why did they stay?

Born in Mudgee and raised in the Blue Mountains, Peter is familiar with the challenges of drought and fire, but these challenges are nothing compared to those faced by the early pioneers.

A working life in the computer industry has not in any way prepared Peter to write about the pioneers. However, a lively interest in early Australia and an adequate Irish heritage has contributed to a curiosity that has only been in part satisfied by several trips to Ireland, but also by an ability to use the new technology to surf world history and events and create a story of one man’s journey to reflect the difficulties of the time.


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