In another 5-Star revelation from the pen of Kev Richardson, Dreamtime Drift tells the dreadful tale of how in early Australia, white man’s frenetic race to grab arable land using hard-labour-convicts to build a prison and farmlands, bludgeoned their way at the expense of the Aboriginal people. Struggling under a government striving to build a further dependency in its empire, the native inhabitants fighting to protect their very existence, buckle under the power of the educated invaders. This work takes the reader into the very heart of the shock, insecurity and helplessness of Australia’s indigenous people.
—Libby Adams, Aussie eBook Reviews.
5 Stars ! Multi-published historical writer, Kev Richardson found himself truly challenged in his endeavor to locate the Aboriginal voice to weave into Australia’s early history. As is often the case, the indigenous people were without a written language. Therefore, the Australian Aborigine’s story could be unearthed only from vocally repeated myths and metaphysical beliefs.
Through the eyes of the gentle natives 1824 to 1830 in Dreamtime Drift, Kev recreates the emotional conflict and mystical beliefs of the peaceful Turrbal and Jagera people. It is a then account of the injustices and savagery inflicted on a gentle race of people by the British invaders; those with little regard for the rights of indigenous people.
This exceptional work truly touched my heart.
What gave me real satisfaction in this historical account of Aboriginal abuse was Banyo’s parting sentiments to the notoriously cruel Captain Logan. It was a fitting and subtle salutation to a man with so much evil in his heart as to be forbidden the right to enter the tranquility of the afterlife.
—JoEllen,Conger Book Reviews USA
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless rolls of film from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls et al, scream “Ole” at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nui’s Maoi, and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogota. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth generation descendant of Australia’s First Fleeters with an obsessive interest in Australia’s founding history, he was concerned over the generations of suppression in the education of Australians, on clouding the truth in what really happened. Years of fact-finding with the help of other dedicated researchers revealed all and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the brutal truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so for as a student of First Fleet history he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio and television interviews. He is a Past President of ‘The First Fleet Fellowship’ and a Past Secretary of ‘The Descendants of Convicts Inc.’. During Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Norfolk Island and for his work during that Bicentenary, was created Honorary Life Member of ‘The Regiment of Redcoat Descendants’.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his country’s convict history, but general fiction with an Australian flavour. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading so follows the world’s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and eBooks.
His Gurrewa and Brogan series released by Wings ePress are followed by Letitia Munro in October 2008, To Plough Van Diemen’s Land in June 2009 and The Terrible Truths in December 2009, the last three being more works on his country’s convict beginnings. Short synopses of all can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. And more works are in the pipeline.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his Gold Coast home, left his grown family and friends to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailand’s exotic north.