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  • ISBN: 978-1590870020
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Page Count: 368
  • Publisher: Robinson Books

A Final Reckoning: A Tale of Bush Life in Australia (G. A. Henty)

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A Tale of Bush Life in Australia

Australia in the 1800s was a wild place! Reuben Whitney, escaping an unfair and misunderstood perception of him and his reputation in England, takes an adventurous passage ‘down under’ on board the Paramatta.

Shortly after arriving, he joins the police force and soon makes his heroic mark in conflicts with the Aborigines and Bushrangers. He even saves the life of a squire’s daughter! In one event after another, Henty tells Reuben’s story of adventure, close calls, all mingled with plenty of history about Australia!

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A Final Reckoning

A Tale of Bush Life in Australia

Henty has written an exciting adventure of outlaws in the early days of the Australian gold rush!  Fortunes were made and stolen and bush rangers and natives were a formidable danger to settlers. All boys will read A Final Reckoning with eager and unflagging interest. The episodes are in graphic, exciting, realistic; and, as in all Mr. Henty’s books, they center on an honourable and manly character.

The hero, a young English lad, after rather a stormy boyhood, emigrates to Australia and gets employment as an officer in the mounted police. A few years of active work on the frontier, where he has many a brush with both natives and bush-rangers, gain him promotion to a captaincy, and he eventually settles down to the peaceful life of a squatter.

Of A Final Reckoning, Henty himself summarizes:

In this tale I have left the battlefields of history, and have written a story of adventure in Australia, in the early days when the bush rangers and the natives constituted a real and formidable danger to the settlers. I have done this, not with the intention of extending your knowledge, or even of pointing a moral, although the story is not without one; but simply for a change—a change both for you and myself, but frankly, more for myself than for you. You know the old story of the boy who bothered his brains with Euclid, until he came to dream regularly that he was an equilateral triangle enclosed in a circle.

Well, I feel that unless I break away sometimes from history, I shall be haunted day and night by visions of men in armour, and soldiers of all ages and times. If, when I am away on a holiday I come across the ruins of a castle, I find myself at once wondering how it could best have been attacked, and defended. If I stroll down to the Thames, I begin to plan schemes of crossing it in the face of an enemy; and if matters go on, who can say but that I may find myself, some day, arrested on the charge of surreptitiously entering the Tower of London, or effecting an escalade of the keep of Windsor Castle! To avoid such a misfortune—which would entail a total cessation of my stories, for a term of years—I have turned to a new subject, which I can only hope that you will find as interesting, if not as instructive, as the other books which I have written.

About the Author 

George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend an hour or two telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks to finish!  A friend was present one day and, watching the spell-bound reaction of his children, suggested that Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did and, as the saying goes, the rest is history!   Henty wrote 144 books as well as numerous stories for magazines and became known as “The Prince of Story-Tellers” and “The Boy’s Own Historian.”  One of Mr. Henty’s secretaries reported that he would quickly pace back and forth in his study, dictating stories as fast as the secretary could write them down!

Henty’s stories revolve around fictional boy heroes caught up in the events of fascinating times in history. The heroes of Henty stories are diligent, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of great perils.  They fight in wars, sail the seas, make discoveries, conquer evil empires, prospect for gold, and participate in a host of other exciting adventures. Along the way, they cross paths with some of history’s most famous people.  Henty’s heroes live through tumultuous historic eras, meeting leaders of that time. Every reader of Henty will gain an understanding of nations and cultures, as these are conveyed as a natural element of the reading.  They’re one of the best ways to cultivate a taste for history in any reader!

Table of Contents

  1. The Broken Window
  2. The Poisoned Dog
  3. The Burglary at the Squire’s
  4. The Trial
  5. Not Guilty
  6. The Voyage
  7. Gratitude
  8. A Gale
  9. Two Offers
  10. An Up-Country District
  11. The Black Fellows
  12. The Bush Rangers
  13. An Unexpected Meeting
  14. At Donald’s
  15. Jim’s Report
  16. In Pursuit
  17. Settling Accounts