Finding Father: The Journal of Mary Brogan, Otago, 1862

Author(s): Pauline Cartwright

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Reading age 10-13 years. Mary and her family moved to New Zealand from Australia, ahead of her father, who intended following later. However unforseen events kept Mr Brogan in Australis for seven years, and Mary's mother had to cope with raising the two children on her own. The family live in poverty in Dunedin where Mary's mother has made it clear that Mary must leave school and start contributing. But now gold has been discovered in the Otago hills and Mary is sure her father will be there. If only she can find him, she is sure their troubles will be over. Mary dresses as a boy, calls herslef Harry, and makes the long and dangerous trek from Dunedin to Dunstan - the site of the latest gold rush.


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Pauline Cartwright Pauline recently completed a writer's residency at the Dunedin College of Education, which she used to focus on the research required for this story. She lives in Alexandra, Central Otago, with husband Rob. Pauline's own wedding ring was made by her husband from gold they found in an Otago river.

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  • : 9781869436339
  • : Scholastic New Zealand Limited
  • : Scholastic New Zealand
  • : 190x130mm
  • : books

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  • : Pauline Cartwright
  • : Hardback
  • : 188