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Savage Beginnings

The Violent Birth of Australia

This story concerns the first couple of years of the first fleets departure from England to the newly discovered land of new south wales twelve thousand miles across the partly chartered waters of the most dangerous oceans of the world and the initial first years of settling into this vast and mysterious new land.

Intertwined into this adventurous expedition are the many interesting insights into the various characters who initiated the stepping stones of history. Giving us, who have followed, a window into the harshness and deprivation they had to endure. Two of the characters, Seamus Duffy and Mary Donaghue get thrown into this melting pot of characters. It follows the period in Ireland during and post ‘penal days’ when the English assert their gun-toting authority over the down-trodden Irish population, leading to the great famine of the mid 1700s, when the Irish population went from comfortably sustaining over eight million people to the decimated figure of around two and a half million fighting for existence through famine.

It covers the political and historical period when uprising was the catch-cry and savage repercussion was the inevitable outcome against such might of arms the english took to bear on the emaciated Irish and even their own kind.

Throughout the story shines the glow of hope from a defiant and unbeaten people who will never forsake their faith in a god whose image, though faded with oppression, is nevertheless seared into and onto the minds and hearts of a nation destined to leave their indelible mark on the history of the new world. An embryonic nation, whose time has not yet come, but who, in future annals will influence generations yet to come.

About the Author

SEAN HAMPSEY is an Irish-Australian playwright, poet and accomplished singer/ songwriter (winner of the “Best New Country Song” at the Red-Gum Music Festival, Swan Hill Victoria – with another three of his songs winning awards). He has also appeared at the Tamworth Music Festival.

His published titles include The Spanish Connection, My Brother Seán, The Maori Conflict, A Month in the Life of a Sexually Active Irish Octogenarian.