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The Aboriginal Cameleer by Gordon Smith

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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 wether 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 duel 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 poisionous 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 bush fire.

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Gordon Smith

      

Retired Traffic Management Project Manager and one of Amazon bestselling author, Gordon, has spent most of his life in sales, public transport and traffic management.
Gordon has three sons with his first wife and now has four grandchildren. He married his current wife, Kay, in Brisbane in 2003, and she has been his inspiration ever since.
Gordon has enjoyed the luxury of residing and working in different parts of Australia and in the process enjoyed different employment opportunities. This great working experience in the public transportation industry and then civil construction came to an awesome end in 2013 as he retired at Caloundra, Queensland.

After retirement, he took an interest in researching his family. This research helped him discover links back to the 1400’s and even a distant link to the Royal family of the United Kingdom. Also, during this research, he discovered he had relatives who fought in the Great War. Though he was familiar with his relatives in the 2nd World War, he knew nothing about the men in his family who had fought in the Great War.

This research and discovery gave him knowledge and ideas which brought about the writing of his first book “A family that went to war”. After publishing his 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, he 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 him further inspiration as he wrote his third book within a calendar year. His third book “The Ministry Communications Unit” is pure fiction based on a fictitious movie company set up by the Government during World War 2. He based a lot of this story around the locations that surround Caloundra.
Gordon has been able to utilise his knowledge gained while in the army, driving taxis (he actually became the Victorian Taxi driver of the year at one stage,) along with his vast knowledge of the Civil construction industry in his writings.

His 4th Book “Lady Ruth Bromfield” has been released. This book opens the world of fiction to a whole new level. Gordon feels that this will be his greatest book with a wide area of interest.

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