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Marked by the events of the Great Flood of 1893 and the formation of the first miners’ unions, Over My Dead Body is an Australian epic; a literary feat exemplifying a writer’s craftsmanship and dedication to bringing history alive. It puts Australia’s current resource-driven prosperity into context by showing the day to day struggles of ordinary workers just trying to get by for themselves and their families at a time when the individual was virtually power-less against the arrogance of his employer, and expendable if work-related illness overtook him.
A history of intrigue and corruption in the 1880s at the highest levels in the celebrated Taranganba Gold Mine and the Sydney Company. An essential text for students of the history of resource development in Australia, exhaustively researched.