Gold Rush: Otago 1861-1864
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Publication date: June 2012
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Gold Rush Otago 1861-64. In terms of time, place and status, real people of different names, Adam and Rebecca Spencer are both offspring of England's lower class who are despatched from their homeland as convicts bound for the penal colony of Hobart Tasmania. His father, a Welsh blacksmith, for breaking and entering to remove bed sheets and silver for conversion into cash to feed his family; his mother, for soliciting and stealing in London's red light district to feed herself. Both serve their ten-year terms before each is granted their 'Ticket of Leave'. Rebecca's father is despatched to the same penal colony prisons by a court judge, crime unknown, but status definitely lower class and poor, thus qualifying for Britain's policy of ridding itself of 'riff raff' unbefitting citizen status in the land of their birth. In terms of time and place, real people with different names and status, and a decade or so younger than Adam and Rebecca: Edward and Robyn Fraser are from opposite ends of England's entrenched class system. He is a regimental captain in the English armed services, and son of an English Lord. She is the daughter of a mother-child pair who serve in the household of the English Lord. The son and servant marry over the objections of the regimental officer class and those of respectively the father and the master. They escape these objections by taking ship for the goldfields of Victoria, Australia. keywords: New Zealand, Central Otago, Gold Rush, 1860s, Historical Novel, Escape From Discrimination, Snow, Floods, Isolation, Barren Landscape.