A true Australian hero who should never be forgotten. In The Last Gundir novel, Akama tells his nephew Bunji about a tale he heard in his younger years about The Man Who Couldn’t Be Killed. A nearby crow lets out a sorrowful cry when Akama mentions the name of the man, Pemulwuy. It is aContinue reading “Pemulwuy”


The world’s most famous Aboriginal man Chapter 36 of The Last Gundir novel briefly mentions a character called Bennelong during the (fictional) conversation between the Governor and his private secretary. Despite having less prominence in the novel than Pemulwuy and Bungaree, Bennelong was arguably the most famous Aboriginal man in the world in the 18thContinue reading “Bennelong”

#2 Never lonely in Australia

Harry Potter was in Gryffindor. Draco Malfoy was in Slytherin. Cedric Diggory was in Hufflepuff. I was in Failaka (pictured above). My primary school, Kuwait English School comprised 4 houses named after various areas of Kuwait – Burgan (blue), Ahmadi (green), Jahra (yellow) and the one that regularly won everything, Failaka (red). Just as inContinue reading “#2 Never lonely in Australia”

Stay close to me…

Confession time – is there a song you’ve known for many years but never really paid attention to its lyrics? Perhaps the upbeat tempo or the joyful melody lulled you into holding assumptions about the song’s meaning. You click your fingers, tap your foot, dance to its beat and even sing the chorus without reallyContinue reading “Stay close to me…”

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