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Hamilton Hume : Our Greatest Explorer - Robert Macklin

Hamilton Hume

Our Greatest Explorer


Published: 26th July 2016
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The untold story of Hamilton Hume - the Australian-born explorer who truly opened up the nation.

While English-born soldiers, sailors and surveyors have claimed pride of place among the explorers of the young New South Wales colony, the real pathfinder was a genuine native-born Australian. Hamilton Hume, a man with a profound understanding of the Aboriginal people and an almost mystical relationship with the Australian bush, led settlers from the cramped surrounds of Sydney Town to the vast fertile country that would provide the wealth to found and sustain a new nation.

Robert Macklin, author of the critically acclaimed Dark Paradise, tells the heroic tale of this young Australian man who outdid his English 'betters' by crossing the Blue Mountains, finding a land route from Sydney to Port Phillip and opening up western New South Wales. His contribution to the development of the colony was immense but downplayed in deference to explorers of British origin. Hamilton Hume uncovers this brave man's achievements and paints an intriguing and at times shocking portrait of colonial life, by the author of the bestselling SAS Sniper.

About the Author

Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at University of Queensland and the Australian National University. He has worked as a journalist at the Courier-mail, The Age and The Bulletin, and was associate editor of the Canberra Times until 2003.

He is the author of 27 books, including Dark Paradise, Hamilton Hume and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces: SAS SNIPER, REDBACK ONE, SAS INSIDER and WARRIOR ELITE. He lives in Canberra.


I would not buy this book again.


Great history of Australian exploring.

Canberra, Australia

A must for Hume descendants


I learnt so much about early life in the Colony plus Hume -the man.

Tamworth NSW


Sheds more light on Australian history


This read provides some interesting and brutal facts about Australian history and the culture of that era



What a great read!


So for me this was a great informative read. Definitely a page turner. Very well written, and researched. All Australians should be interested. It is our history.

Werribee, Victoria


worth every cent


one of the best books I have ever read, so many fascinating facts, well written, engaging text

Victoria , Australia


average read. A lot of history around Humes time.


Having walked the Hume and HOvell track I was disappointed that he did not capture the difficulties involved. The conflict with Hovell is well covered.

Gilead nsw


Much more than one man's story!


Beautifully written. Thoroughly engrossing. No matter how well-read you are in Australian history, every page of this book will add to your knowledge.

Sydney, Australia



4.0 7


You almost feel you are taking that trek with the party as Robert Macklin cites the obstacles - torrential river crossings, dense bush, the Snowy Mountains and more. Macklin covers Hume's public and private life, emphasising his affinity with the country and rapport with the Indigenous people, as well as providing a portrait of the evolving colony. - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

This book, which is anything but a dry history, brings the first 80 years of this settlement alive with its personal stories of love, hate and bravery, interspersed among the fascinating historical facts that I never learned. Robert Macklin calls Hamilton Hume 'our greatest explorer', and now that I've read this enthralling but at times shocking story, I totally agree. ***** - GOOD READING

I learnt so many things, I highly recommend it. - ABC NEWS BREAKFAST

Hamilton Hume was no cringing colonial. He was an Australian, the very first to show by deed and word the challenge and beauty of his country. With an admiration I share, Robert Macklin lets a great native son speak again.

a fascinating read - DAILY TELEGRAPH on DARK PARADISE

riveting and shocking - HERALD SUN on SAS SNIPER

ISBN: 9780733634055
ISBN-10: 0733634052
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th July 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1