The Brumby Creek Tales (e-pub edn.): Stories From the Annals of Brumby Creek

Dr. John Donnelly

Country Stories from the early years of that century that was best remembered by those who handed us our history lessons, (The 19th to the 20th!). It was a good time; our world was comparatively untouched by wars, but for that sorry event The Boer War. They were protected from the worst news by the mere monthly cycle of news print.
There are no heroes and no grand events; just every-day happenings that have a humorous and entertaining twist. The reader will identify with the characters. Some are likable. Some are forgettable, but forgivable. The psychoanalyst would agree that there is one of each kind of psyche. The historian would say they were typical country folk, but that just depends which one the reader feels closest to.

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  John D'Mille was the teen-aged carpenter who fell through most things, ceilings, roof tiles and broken bricks, that allowed him something less than a fatal bump on the ground. It was not a good preparation for most careers but he does enjoy writing stories. John could never be accused of not trying new ways to go. The problem was that he was one of those kids who caught the polio that our loved and blameless troops carried back from places abroad at the end of the war. That disaster limited his choices, more than one would expect, but it also blunted his desire to serve in the military which would have meant Vietnam or on one of those training vessels that the Navy lost along the way.
Teaching was a rewarding choice whilst ever the physical demands allowed. Tutoring in law was a dream that almost came true. In the end there was a stack of credentials and a mountain of challenges that might never be fulfilled, except by writing stories.

John D'Mille's family have been supportive, tolerant and generous while this objective was fulfilled. 

The characters in his tales are not real, but their little traits, some irritations and a lot of humour makes the story writers' characters a little bit real.
Two full novels is the plan for 2015 together with a dozen or more stories and other publications. There is a load of writing waiting for the publisher's enthusiasm. It will be an interesting year!

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 Waterford Ireland, 1876, sixteen year old Seamus O’Toule escapes a demeaning judicial order when he is selected to fill a request from the Colonial Governor of NSW to provide a bonded servant for a Scottish pastoral family. Arthur and Lilly Evans wish to train a boy to do the work of the son they lost in a colonial war. His good fortune will be like no other and he returns the love given him by Arthur and Lilly.

In the gold-fields district that will be his new home, the young man will enjoy strong friendships, especially among people who are living under the perverted authority of powerful Senior Constable Whithers. One such friend will be Doctor Harold Cheltam, the only man who knows the truth about Whithers’ murder of his former police senior. They must watch each other’s backs, but they are people who enjoy a great gift for humour that adds a special quality to their story.

Whithers will have Dr. Harold tried for a murder that he could not have committed and the Doctor’s daughter sails from London to be with him. Seamus is devising plans to upset the jury’s findings. The trial might have ended badly for Dr.Harold but for the exposure of several jurors who knew more about the murder than the police did. One juror would have a photo of ‘his spirit’ in the newspaper. The court room becomes free-for-all with jurors fighting each other and Seamus. Hellena is arrested for pushing a police officer down the steps of the gallery. The trial fails.

Whithers and his cronies were also active with a fraudulent solicitor Elmo Carlton to defraud Seamus estate inherited from his adoptive Scotish parents.

New friendships are emerging between Hellena and Seamus, and her English chaperone Jesse who is in love with the retiring sea captain. There will be several weddings and great humor when Seamus’ brothers arrive to be ‘encultured’ into new surroundings. But Whithers has not given up. He must discredit the doctor or have him killed in a violent home invasion that captures the whole cast of the story with painful outcomes for some. Whithers tries again and again and plots the kidnap of Dr Harold’s daughter Hellena, by this time Seamus’ love of his life. But the constable's luck is failing him and his desperate attempts lead to his downfall and great violence.

Five little stories meld into the main stream of the novel giving it a wide scope for character development, for drama and humour. Chaperone, Jesse, will marry her sea Captain. The publican's daughter has a problem with one of Seamus' love sick brothers in a lively sequence of great humour.

Seamus friendship with Hellena must be upset by wealthy Constance McAlistar, providing a lively story in its own right. But Seamus now has a badly disabled brother who is more strain on the emotions than most women would choose, except of course, the ever loving Hellena. Will she be rewarded for her love and devotion?

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