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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Gilpins and their Fortunes A Story of Early Days in Australia Author: William H.
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Kingston Illustrator: Archie Webb Release Date: May 15, 2007 [EBook #21464] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE GILPINS AND THEIR FORTUNES *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England The Gilpins, A Story of Early Days in Australia, by William H G Kingston. ________________________________________________________________________ The story opens with a couple of school-leavers discussing what they will do with their lives.
One of the boys, a Gilpin, whose father is a hard-working farmer, is determined to go along the same route, but in Australia, as he and his brother have often dreamt of doing. They reach Australia, and an incident on the Quay in Sydney, where they save a family from destruction in a carriage whose horses have bolted, makes them valuable friends, leading to an appointment as managers, or overseers, of a cattle and sheep station somewhere out beyond the Blue Mountains.
The previous manager had let the place get run down, and was actually rather a crook.
Some of the other workers on the station were as idle and crooked as he.
Not surprising as most of them had been sent to Australia for some offence in England.
A few of the men were decent enough.
There is such resentment among the idle men that they prevail upon some aborigines to attack the buildings and set them on fire, a plan which is foiled by one of the better workers. Eventually the great Australian bubble bursts (the Australian economy is always a bit overheated) and the Gilpins are orde...





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