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The Gold-Stealers A Story of Waddy   By: (1865-1931)

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"The Gold-Stealers: A Story of Waddy" by Edward Dyson is a thrilling and captivating adventure set in the goldfields of Australia. The novel takes readers on a rollercoaster ride through the lives of a group of gold miners and their encounters with the mysterious Waddy.

Dyson's writing style is incredibly vivid and detailed, painting a vivid picture of the harsh and rugged Australian landscape. From the scorching heat to the treacherous terrain, the vivid descriptions truly transport readers into the heart of the goldfields.

The characters in the novel are well-developed and relatable, each with their own unique personality and backstory. The camaraderie among the miners is beautifully portrayed, highlighting the bond that forms among individuals who share the same struggles and dreams.

Waddy, the enigmatic central character of the story, is both captivating and elusive. As the miners become increasingly drawn to his knowledge of gold and rumors of his mystical powers, readers are left intrigued and eager to uncover the truth behind his existence.

The plot is fast-paced and brimming with suspense, particularly as the gold miners find themselves entangled in dangerous situations and confrontations with rival prospectors. Dyson skillfully weaves together elements of danger, humor, and even romance, keeping readers thoroughly engaged from beginning to end.

Moreover, "The Gold-Stealers" sheds light on the harsh realities of the gold rush era, delving into topics such as greed, corruption, and injustice. Dyson's exploration of these themes adds a depth and social commentary to the novel, making it not only an entertaining adventure but also a thought-provoking read.

Overall, "The Gold-Stealers: A Story of Waddy" is a remarkable book that transports readers to an era filled with adventure and intrigue. Edward Dyson's impeccable storytelling and richly developed characters make this novel a must-read for anyone seeking a thrilling escape into the goldfields of Australia.

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By Edward Dyson


THE schoolhouse at Waddy was not in the least like any of the trim State buildings that now decorate every Victorian township and mark every mining or agricultural centre that can scrape together two or three meagre classes; it was the result of a purely local enthusiasm, and was erected by public subscription shortly after Mr. Joel Ham, B.A., arrived in the district and let it be understood that he did not intend to go away again. Having discovered that it was impossible to make anything else of Mr. Joel Ham, Waddy resolved to make a schoolmaster of him. A meeting was held in the Drovers' Arms, numerous speeches, all much more eloquently expressive of the urgent need of convenient scholastic institutions than the orators imagined, were delivered by representative men, and a resolution embodying the determination of the residents to erect a substantial building and install Mr. J. Ham, B.A., as headmaster was carried unanimously.

The original contributors were not expected to donate money towards the good cause; they gave labour and material. The work of erection was commenced next day. Neither plans nor specifications were supplied, and every contributor was his own architect. Timber of all sorts and shapes came in from fifty sources... Continue reading book >>

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