This section will include selected books that deal with frontier conflicts that occurred in the Australian colonial period. A description of the first book added to the section, Cal Flyn’s, Thicker Than Water: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, Guilt and History, Fourth Estate, 2016. An ever-growing list of publications on Australian frontier conflicts appears in the Bibliography and in Journal Articles.
Cal Flyn, Thicker Than Water: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, Guilt and History, Fourth Estate, 2016
In Thicker Than Water, Scottish journalist, Cal Flyn, has written about a terrible family secret that she discovered. Her great-great-great uncle, Angus McMillan, revered as an explorer and pioneer in colonial Australia, turned out to be ‘the Butcher of Gippsland’ who led ‘the Highland Brigade’ against the Kurnai/Gunai people.
The book combines family memoir, history and travel to reveal what the publishers, Fourth Estate describe as ‘a fascinating journey into our Australian heritage … [and] a ‘compelling and devastatingly clear-eyed examination of the burden of intergenerational grief and inherited guilt that we all carry with us.’