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Robyn Annear. Gold was discovered in Australia in , and within a year the infant colony was transformed from a sump for convicts to a Land of Opportunity. Robyn Annear is the author of five books of history, including Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne and Nothing but Gold.
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Some men gambled incessantly at cards and two-up in their spare time, while Sunday afternoons were a popular time for dogfights and bare-knuckle prize fights, with miners betting on their favourites.
As well, despite attempts to enforce prohibition, liquor was never in short supply on the goldfields. Tales of drinking, gambling, and an evening ritual of discharging firearms evoke pictures of the goldfields as rough and tumble places. However, Sir Roger's mother refused to accept that her son had died and advertised in several newspapers, including newspapers in Australia, seeking information on her son's whereabouts.
Most thought Sir Roger's mother to be mad, but Orton soon stepped forth claiming that he was Sir Roger.
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Despite being virtually illiterate, Orton made a good show of passing himself off as a well-educated man with an aristocratic manner. Lady Tichborne said that Orton was her son and many of the estate's servants supported his claim, some seeing a facial resemblance between Orton and Sir Roger and others perhaps seeking to benefit from his ruse themselves. As the story unfolds, readers learn that Orton may have been coached by a former Tichborne employee who was living in Sydney. Many members of the Tichborne family, however, did not share Lady Tichborne's enthusiasm for Orton and soon began an investigation, leading first to a voyage to South America which Orton also traveled on and then to a high-profile law case tried in Chancery Court that went on for more than three months and garnered the fascinated attention of the public.
Orton lost his case and was sent to prison for perjury.
After his release a decade later, he performed a music hall act. She treats the material with panache, vigour, a sense of fun, and that warmth of humour which it richly merits.
Much of the author's research for the book is drawn from the extensive archives kept by the Whelan construction company over several decades. Arena magazine contributor Jeff Sparrow commented that the book "nicely complements Bearbrass, even as it develops a more nuanced attitude to development.