Thicker Than Water by Cal FlynIn 1837 Angus McMillan left the Scottish Highlands for the other side of the world. Cutting paths through the alien harshness of the Australian frontier, McMillan became a pioneer to be forever mythologised in the statues and landmarks that bore his name. He was also Cal Flyn’s great-great-great-uncle. Inspired by this glimmer of an ancestral greatness, Flyn followed in his footsteps to Australia, where her investigations forced her to confront dark and horrifying family secrets.
She discovered that McMillan and his peers were responsible for a series of assaults on indigenous peoples so ferocious that the sites would ever after be synonymous with bloodshed: Skull Creek, Boney Point, Slaughterhouse Gully. McMillan too had a new name: the Butcher of Gippsland.
Driven to piece together his story and confront her own history, Flyn looks for answers: How could a man lauded for his generosity and integrity commit such terrible acts? How could a man who had witnessed the horror of Highlanders cleared from their lands then massacre and ‘clear’ indigenous people on the other side of the world? How can whole societies come to be overlooked and forgotten? Should todays generation atone for their ancestors sins?
Blending memoir, history and travel, Thicker Than Water evokes the startlingly beautiful wilderness of the Highlands, the desolate bush of Victoria and the reverberations on one from the other. A tale of blood and bloodlines, it is a powerful, personal journey into dark family history, intergenerational grief and the inherited guilt that we all carry with us.
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The Kurnai Gunai people were all but exterminated. Cal Flyn, a young journalist, also from Skye, knew of McMillan the preferred spelling as her great-great-great uncle. She was taken aback and horrified. And what did it mean to her, to be, if not his descendant, in a sense his inheritor? This book is an account of her journey and investigations. It is full of interest and is intelligently and evocatively written. Travelling about Gippsland, sometimes alone, sometimes with new friends, she gives a vivid picture of the landscape and way of life, and explores the complexities and silences of Australian history.
I n , at Warrigal Creek in the south-eastern corner of Australia, known as Gippsland , between 80 and Indigenous Australians — a significant portion of the Bratowoolong clan of the Gunai people, including children — were massacred by a vigilante gang of white drovers calling themselves the Highland Brigade. The Indigenous Australians were surprised in their encampment on the banks of a waterhole. There was nowhere for them to run; those who tried to flee were gunned down in the water. Afterwards the Scotsmen pulled a year-old boy, who had been shot through the eye but was still alive, from the creek, and marched him on ahead at gunpoint in search of further camps. There were other killings — the settlers saw them as cullings — at Boney Point, Butchers Creek, Slaughterhouse Gully — the names are grotesquely eloquent. The leader of the Highland Brigade and the first European to open up the region, Angus McMillan , was himself the survivor of a ruthless campaign of dispossession. McMillan is still celebrated in his native Skye and in Australia — where he is honoured with cairns and plaques — as a pioneer, a man of great personal integrity and a pillar of settler society.
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Simply link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number to your Booktopia account and earn points on eligible orders. Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! British journalist Cal Flyn was holidaying in her childhood home in the Highlands of Scotland, when she stumbled upon a dark family secret.
Hope to see you there. The resulting book is stunning. Thicker than Water is a thrilling debut, a true story that reads like classy, compelling fiction…. Thicker than Water combines memoir, history, travelogue and lyrical nature writing into a dramatic page-turner. It succeeds above all because of its two striking protagonists: the dishonourable, flawed McMillan, as brave and brutal and morally ambiguous as his century, and Flyn herself. Her ballsiness and likeability, as the narrator and the heroine of the travelogue, made her an irresistible companion.