Fiction

Seize the Moment

By Errol Bishop   James McFarlane eagerly absorbed the sights and sounds of Australia as the ship made its way up the Mary River,...

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The Letter

By Chris Childs   I try not to retch at the sickening stench of boiled cabbage. The queue is moving slowly, but no one complains....

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Fetes Des Ramparts

By Denise Ogilvie   Caen station fills with tourists, all jostling for seats on the train to Pontorson. The July morning is warm,...

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Transit

By Lauren Chater   Carr House, Lancashire 1639 Eliza Stone was hot. Moisture pricked beneath her arms. A bead of sweat inched its way...

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The Call of the Stars

By Eleanor Limprecht He woke at the usual time, before dawn. Andrew closed his eyes again, pulling the coverlet beneath his chin. When he...

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A Breakfast Shared

By Chris Childs   I wake coated in cold sweat, my throat dry and raw. For a moment I don’t remember where I am. Then reality flashes...

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Again

By Belinda Lyons-Lee   She stood in the octagonal room where she could see, as if in the middle of a spiders web, through the...

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Overboard

By Judy Rigby They threw my children overboard. That’s what the doctor tells me, but I know it isn’t true. They are here with me in the...

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The Grandmothers

By Amanda Pearson   Midday, Wednesday 2 February 1994. We gather. An unlikely group, our papery skins nearly transparent, eyes watery,...

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Excerpts from ‘The Parcels’

By Amanda Pearson November 1914 Harold enlisted last week. He made the three-hour journey up to Adelaide by train and joined the army. I...

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Bound to be safe

By Louise Hopewell   Edie had only just made it along the driveway and out onto the footpath, but already her bunions were rubbing...

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The Cousins

By Chris Childs   Werribee Park, Victoria, Australia 25 June 1887   ‘Careful, Constable that might be important evidence!’  ...

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I am Caroline

By Chris Childs   I am Caroline, Madame Carole, Carrie. I wonder how history will remember me?   Will anyone remember Miss...

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Prelude to Dawn

By Arianne James   We arrive at winter’s onset. I upon an open-aired milk truck, Lionel riding close behind. The downpour strikes...

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Lucy’s War

By Kate Wann   The following story is based on fact. All the quotes are directly taken from the diary of Lucy Daw 1915. Except for a...

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Dinosaurs: An Alternate Ending

By John Whitehall King Jayavarman’s waning virility was not surprising. The royal serpent had raised its head to strike so many...

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Had as Leif Control

By Vashti Farrer   LETTER from: Earl Bathurst to Governor Darling.   Downing Street, 17th August, 1825. Sir,...

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Keeping House on Murder Mile

By Rachael Palmer Cyprus 1958 March Tilly stepped off the plane into bright sunshine at Nicosia Airport. She bumped baby Beth higher on her...

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A maji maji chronicle

By Eugen Bacon   Maji! Maji! Myth or legend Or a scheme of fads, ideas embedded One battle, one struggle. Freedom! Freedom! Painted...

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Strangers on the mountain

By Kirsty Seebeck The boy rested against a sun-warmed rock, watching the sheep browse through the scrubby grass, as early summer insects...

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In Memory of Mary Miller

By Helen F Miller   The year is 1902 and Australian women now have the right to vote and be elected, but that has little if any impact...

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