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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780733638794

Price: £14.99

ON SALE: 26th October 2017

Genre: Australasia, Oceania & Other Land Areas / Australasia / Australia

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‘You almost feel you are taking that trek with the party as Robert Macklin cites the obstacles – torrential river crossings, dense bush, the Snowy Mountains and more. Macklin covers Hume’s public and private life, emphasising his affinity with the country and rapport with the Indigenous people, as well as providing a portrait of the evolving colony.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The stirring untold story of a true Australian hero who opened up the nation.

While English-born soldiers, sailors and surveyors have claimed pride of place among the explorers of the young New South Wales colony, the real pathfinder was a genuine native-born Australian. Hamilton Hume, a man with a profound understanding of the Aboriginal people and an almost mystical relationship with the Australian bush, led settlers from the cramped surrounds of Sydney Town to the vast fertile country that would provide the wealth to found and sustain a new nation.

Robert Macklin, author of the critically acclaimed DARK PARADISE, tells the heroic tale of this young Australian man who outdid his English ‘betters’ by crossing the Blue Mountains, finding a land route from Sydney to Port Phillip and opening up western New South Wales. His contribution to the development of the colony was immense but downplayed in deference to explorers of British origin. HAMILTON HUME uncovers this brave man’s achievements and paints an intriguing and at times shocking portrait of colonial life, by the author of the bestselling SAS SNIPER.

‘Robert Macklin calls Hamilton Hume ‘our greatest explorer’, and now that I’ve read this enthralling but at times shocking story, I totally agree.’ ***** GOOD READING


Starts at 60
Redland City Bulletin
To Come
Canberra Times
This is an enjoyable, enlightening account that should be read by every thinking adult.
MC Reviews
For those who enjoy reading about Australian history, and the making of a nation, I highly recommend Hamilton Hume as an enjoyable and fascinating read.
The Reviewers blog
You almost feel you are taking that trek with the party as Robert Macklin cites the obstacles - torrential river crossings, dense bush, the Snowy Mountains and more
Sydney Morning Herald, Newcastle Herald, Burnie Advocate, Western Advocate, Northern Daily Leader, North West Star, Ballarat Courier, Daily Advertiser, Bendigo Advertiser, Launceston Examiner
This book, which is anything but a dry history, brings the first 80 years of this settlement alive
Good Reading
Our long history of putting a difficult problem out of our sight.
a fine biography, a fitting tribute
Golden Plains Miner
Dubbo Photo News