Set in Sydney NSW in 1840’s over about 30 years.
Ricky & his mother immigrate from England to join his father in the new Colony of Sydney. On arrival there is no sign of his dad. Ricky’s mum uses the tiny amount of money they have left the get lodgings in a run down building. Things go from bad to worse when his mother dies and he is thrown out of the lodgings and all their possessions are confiscated by the caretakers.
Ricky finds himself living on the Streets of Sydney Town as a street waif. Ricky finds safe places to sleep and befriends freed convicts who can help him survive. One day he finds another lost child and he helps reunite her with her family. These people try to help him but due to his stubbornness he insists of doing things his way, but he has found a mentor & confidante.
The story follows him through his life. He survives and turns his life around also helping others along way, some of whom he ‘adopts’. After many years Ricky’s lost dad makes an amazing re-appearance but by then Ricky’s life has taken many amazing twists & turns.
This story also follows the development of the Colony of Sydney and Parramatta areas.
About the Author
Sheila was born in 1924 in Ngakawau in New Zealand & moved back to Australia in 1928. She, with her mother & brothers run a service station, on the docks in Melbourne. She attended Strathearn School and later PLC Melbourne. She worked through the war and depression at the service Station.
She became the first woman in the Melbourne Light Car Club! She was navigator for rally cross drivers and her team won their share of races. She was passionate about history and her own family history, and occasionally combining the two and putting pen to paper writing novels loosely based around one or other lines of the family stories. In 1999 she was one of the 20 recipients for the NSW Premiers, Year of the Senior Citizen Award, for Services to the Community.