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The Wild East

The Vandemonian Trail: Convicts and Bushrangers in Early Victoria by Patrick Morgan Connor Court, 2016, 226 pages, $29.95 __________________________________________________ Many a good story is forgotten because even better ones come along after it. It is the same with history: important, formative periods fade from public awareness because bigger and even more important ones follow. Patrick Morgan’s book The Vandemonian Trail is about the tumultuous early years of Gippsland, the south-eastern district of Victoria, which were soon eclipsed by the industrious farming region that followed. At times it seems like a Hollywood Wild West set, with its bushranger bad men, rough…

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