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The Story of Fairy Hills and Eagle Mountain Notebook for Charli 2

ByNeil Smith

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Back in 1940 my mother set out on foot (and by train) for a new life at the end of the line. I was two and my new brother was newly born. So our cosy inner city house was no longer suitable for a family. The story goes that my trusting mother caught the train from North Fitzroy, inner Melbourne, to the end of the line as it was then. That was Darebin station. She alighted onto the lonely station and set off following her instincts, across vacant fields, with toddler me and baby Colin in tow. She came to a lone standing Californian bungalow in the middle of empty paddocks, for rent. She took it on the spot and we moved in soon after. This, as fate would have it, was the middle of a world of wilderness in the suburbs, where Darebin Creek meets Yarra River, also known as Fairy Hills. This is the story of how we lived in this magical place for the next 14 years. Read of amazing lives and wondrous happenings as this lonely part of the world took off to become my world of river and creek and wilderness so unexpected at the time. This story has been written for my beautiful 16 year-old granddaughter. Love you Charli. ABOUT THE AUTHOR. For over 50 years I've been a writer. A 'word smith', you might say. My ancestors, the Smiths, Smids or Smythes, go back over 1,000 years to early crafters, blacksmiths and metalsmiths, of Britain. I learned my unique writing style during the Ad Revolution of the '60s with those cheeky VW ads like 'Think Small' and 'Lemon' that launched the new VW Beetle. These provocative ads started the revolution everyone was talking about. I live close to my 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters in a seaside resort across the bay from Melbourne.


Publication Date
Sep 15, 2021
Biographies & Memoirs
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Neil Smith


Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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