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A Soldier Settler

By Shirley Burke - ISBN: 9781922850751

RRP: $36.95

A Soldier Settler
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Shirley Burke spent her youth on a soldier settlement block at Yarto. Her education began in the one-teacher school there. Those early years were very ‘hands on’ experience with farm work. She trained as a primary school teacher and spent several years at Mallee schools before moving to Melbourne with her husband and two daughters. Later, working as a teacher-librarian, and immersed in children’s literature, she wrote stories for children. Shirley has published a picture book Birthday Yoyo, as well as three short stories published in anthologies. After retirement to Tasmania, she wrote this fiction book set against the factual development of the Mallee area where she had lived. Her next project is a small collection of poetry.

A Soldier Settler

By Shirley Burke - ISBN: 9781922850751

RRP: $36.95

Upon returning from the First World War, Will Shepherd has the opportunity to realise his dream of owning land…

With his wife Alice and their children to support, many things conspire to turn the dream into a nightmare.

With determination, Will and Alice thrive on their land but it is not the unpredictable environment alone which threatens them.

An unexpected arrival may unearth a dark, long hidden secret, while the looming shadow of World War II sweeps the nation. The Shepherd family confront the past so they can overcome it and save their future…

Can Will keep his family safe with all that must be faced?

“A gripping and engaging read with well thought out plot and prose… Great book from a new author…” Robyn, Indie Book reviewer


Colin Roderick 24 - Soldier Settler

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We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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