|Billabong Gold (Billabong #13)
|Ward, Lock & Co., Limited
|adventure, Australia, fiction, gold, juvenile
It is the height of the gold rush when Dick and his sister, Betty Yorke, make their first visit to stay with the Linton family at Billabong and encounter rather more excitement than they’d bargained for. News of the gold strike has brought hopeful prospectors into the Billabong hills, among them an unscrupulous ex-prize fighter named McGill, who declares his own private war on ‘the Linton crowd’. It is Lee Wing, the Chinese gardener turned cook, whose ingenious plan to outwit McGill makes him the hero of the day, ably assisted by red-headed Bill Blake and his new mate Dick Yorke. At the end of the adventure, everyone agreed with Dick—it certainly was something they’d never forget!—Goodreads. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Bruce, Mary Grant
Mary Grant Bruce (May 24, 1878—July 2, 1958) also known as Minnie Bruce, was an Australian children's author and journalist.
Although she wrote many books, her most famous were the Billabong series, begun when she was writing weekly stories for the children's pages of the Leader, where A Little Bush Maid first appeared in serial form. The story proved so successful that the Linton family was launched.
Although much of her work was written in England, Mary Grant Bruce's patriotism is more Australian than British. The Lintons' world, threatened from outside, withstood challenge, unchanged and untarnished. Australians, and not only children, looking at Billabong, could see themselves as they wanted to be—mates in fortune and adversity, sturdy, decent and fearless inheritors of a tough, but rewarding land.
—Australian Dictionary of Biography.
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