“About The aboriginal Cameleer:
In 1930’s fictional Australian rural town of Willow Vale. Baddar, a wild-hearted 7 year old would tell you he is special. As the blood grandchild of the last Afghan cameleer and his wife, Rose, an aboriginal woman, Baddar knew he was destined for more than his little town. Bored of small-town life and overwhelmed by childlike curiosity, his ancestor’s tales of tribesmen and cameleers is all he needs to fuel his imagination.
Willow Vale is a town at the end of the railway line like so many towns in that era, Willow Vale was suffering from a declining population. Willow Vale once had three churches but now has only one.
The railway, agriculture and the nearby coal mines are the main employment opportunities in the town.
Willow Vale Rural school is a rural school. There are 2 grades in each class and is staffed by four teachers.
The story follows the adventures of 4 of the children from Willow Vale
Baddar and his sister Delari are special people. There are the children of the son of the last Aghan cameleer and his wife, Rose, (an aboriginal who was raised by missionaries).
Baddar’s best friend is Billy Frost. Billy’s sister (Freda), is Delari’s best friend.
Baddar is confused as for whether he would like to be known as an “Afghan Tribesman: or “ Aboriginal Cameleer.”
Baddar is frustrated by his aboriginal grandfather’not allowing him to go on walkabout until he is older. He convinces his friend Billy to go on a walkabout with him. Over several days they appear to be lost, but in reality, they had a great time.
Realising that Baddar is confused by his dual heritage,e the Charmchi family goes on a mini camel caravan with their Afghan grandfather. An accident happens, and Delari’s leg is in a cast during a school exchange visit to the Bulling Beach School.
While at Bulling Beach, Freda is bitten by a poisonous sea creature and is in a coma for several days.
Everything goes back to normal until a bushfire threatens Willow Vale.
Eventually, Baddar and Billy save the lives of a railway crew that had been caught up in the bushfire.
Targeted Age Group: 10+
Written by: Gordon Smith
After retirement, I took an interest in researching his family. This research helped me discover links back to the 1400s and even a distant link to the Royal family of the United Kingdom. Also, during this research, I discovered I had relatives who fought in the Great War. Though I was familiar with my relatives in the 2nd World War, I knew nothing about the men in my family who had fought in the Great War.
This research and discovery gave me knowledge and ideas which brought about the writing of my first book “A family that went to war”. After publishing my first book, other books sprang up easily. His second book was “An Australian story” – the saga of an Australian family over two centuries. In this book, I wrote about Australia early settlement and the events that made Australia and the makings of a family. Amazingly, this book sat on the Amazon best-selling list for the Kindle history of Australia and Oceania for about 10 days, giving me further inspiration as I wrote my third book within a calendar year. This third book “The Ministry Communications Unit” is pure fiction based on a fictitious movie company set up by the Government during World War 2. I based a lot of this story around the locations that surround Caloundra.
He next took on a fictional novel “Lady Ruth Bromfield” an inspirational biography about a Jewish girl, raised by an English, Church of England priest and her progress to becoming an inspirational leading industrialist.
I then wrote “Men with a Mission,” an eye-opening account of events in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1969’s and 1970s. The main players in this story are a Christian, A Jew and a Muslim who were brought together by an astute Australian Officer and made them into a significant group of investigators.
I then wrote “The Sensual Retiree” a romance story about a woman whose husband dies shortly after he retires. The story follows her life transitioning into a widow who moves into a retirement village. She makes new friends and discovers that it is possible for a widow in her sixties and seventies to be able to enjoy the company of male suitors.
My latest effort is a story about a small Australian town during the late 1930s. Although originally aimed at older children, this book will have a wider appeal.
Overall, I have been able to utilise my knowledge gained while in the army, driving taxis (I became the Victorian Taxi driver of the year at one stage,) along with his vast knowledge of the Civil construction industry in my writings.
Currently, I am working on a fictional family saga set in modern outback Australia.
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