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Books by Clive Russell

The Sound of Silence

Opening Gambit

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The Sound of Silence

by Clive Russell

The Sound of SilenceAuriferous Ore, a gold-bearing material, was first found in Queensland at Canoona in 1858. The prospecting area rapidly expanded and when the Nashville Rush started in 1867 at Gympie, it came as a relief from the fierce depression raging in the State at the time.

William Hann, originally from Wiltshire, was appointed by the Governor in an attempt to supervise the fledgling industry, and he himself found gold at the Palmer River in 1872. By 1880 most of the gold was being mined by companies, although many individuals still searched, and hoped, and died, while places like Charters Tors (later Charters Towers) became immensely rich centres of industry.

However one of the independent mines, south of Charters Tors and worked by an extreme religious sect, was doing very well, until in 1886 an explosion… Read more

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Opening Gambit

by Clive Russell

Opening GambitAn oilcloth package, discovered at a boot-fair, leads the Narrator into a story of a churchmouse who stows away in the portmanteau of Cardinal Campeggio. He was the absentee Bishop of Salisbury, a fast talker but slow doer, who the Pope had selected to act as Papal Legate at the divorce hearing of… Read more
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