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Dingo Trapper

Sailing to Cairns

Philip Fitzpatrick
The 1930s in Central Australia; deep in the throes of the Great Depression desperate men struggle to survive. Among them are the dingo trappers – the doggers. Paid 7/6d by the government for every dingo scalp they can trap or trade with the Aborigines they penetrate deep into the deserts. To protect themselves they form liaisons with Aboriginal women with inevitable consequences.
Enter the missionaries in what they see as a last ditch attempt to save the wild tribes. The scene is set for conflict that only one side can win. Among the victims of this war are the half caste offspring of the doggers, rounded up by the police and shipped off to orphanages in the south; they are the stolen generations.
Diane Andrews
Dennis and Diane sailed a sixteen foot yacht from Sydney to Cairns. They set out with a few dodgey bits of equipment and an Alan Lucas cruising guide. Dennis wrote the log. Diane wrote the very funny novel of the adventure. Inside its pages you will find a humorous account of the journey laced with invaluable information for the fellow intrepid sailor. I'd suggest a slightly bigger boat - but so long as it floats it can be done. 


Bougainville Blue

Philip Fitzpatrick
Have you ever felt like just packing it all in and leaving? To hell with it, see you later alligator, I’m out of here. That’s what Harry Flynn felt like, except Harry decided to blow up his boss and rob a couple of banks before he left. In Harry’s world being a loser was an honourable profession. Hampered by rag tag bands of feral outlaws and the motley remains of the army he ventures north into the desert seeking some kind of redemption. In a world where the government is both morally and financially bankrupt, where society is on the point of anarchy and where mining barons rule supreme
Harry’s chances are limited. Or are they? Tired of voyaging, Ulysses put an oar over his shoulder and walked inland until he found people who didn’t know what it was he was carrying. For Harry the thing on his shoulder is a great big chip and he doesn’t give a damn whether people recognise it or not.  
Brian Darcey
What is Bougainville Blue about? It’s about Bougainville. It’s about a ‘blue’ – Australian slang for a fight. It’s about the beauty of Bougainville and its flora and fauna. It’s about the destruction which is a byproduct of ‘modernisation’. It’s a novel but, it also will enlighten the reader about the true happenings regarding the Panguna Mine. It was closed by a ragtag militia bent on reclaiming their land. There was a mine. Someone got some guns. The rest is history.
The author lived in Bougainville for 15 years and saw the Bougainville Revolutionary Army come into being. He observed the rise and fall of Australian rule in Bougainville. He watched the ‘blue’ take place.