We recently caught up with journalist and author, Adam Courtenay in his Sydney writing studio where he shared an excerpt of his latest non-fiction book. The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter is a follow up to his bestselling work, The Ship That Never Was and is a fascinating and poignant true story from Australian colonial history.
In 1803 convict, William Buckley escaped an embryonic settlement in the land of the Kulin nation (now the Port Phillip area). Some months later, cold and starving he was saved by the local Aboriginal people and for 32 years lived as a Wadawurrung man until, in 1935, former bounty hunter John Batman arrived in the area. What happened next saw the Wadawurrung betrayed and Buckley eventually broken. The theft of Kulin country would end in the birth of Melbourne city.
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