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Heritage by Judy Nunn Sample Chapter

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They came to change the course of a river. And changed the course of their lives ...

In a time when desperate people were seizing with both hands the chance for freedom, refugees from more than seventy nations gathered beneath the Southern Cross to forge a new national identity. They came from all over wartorn Europe to the mountains of Australia to help realise one man's dream: the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century.

People of all races and creeds tunnelled through a mountain range to turn the course of a majestic river, trying to put to rest ghosts from the inferno of history: buried memories, unimaginable pain and deadly secrets.

From the ruins of Berlin to the birth of Israel, from the Italian Alps to the Australian high country, HERITAGE is a passionate and fast-paced tale of rebirth, struggle, sacrifice and redemption, and a tribute to those who gave meaning to the Australian spirit.
They came to change the course of a river. And changed the course of their lives ...

In a time when desperate people were seizing with both hands the chance for freedom, refugees from more than seventy nations gathered beneath the Southern Cross to forge a new national identity. They came from all over wartorn Europe to the mountains of Australia to help realise one man's dream: the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century.

People of all races and creeds tunnelled through a mountain range to turn the course of a majestic river, trying to put to rest ghosts from the inferno of history: buried memories, unimaginable pain and deadly secrets.

From the ruins of Berlin to the birth of Israel, from the Italian Alps to the Australian high country, HERITAGE is a passionate and fast-paced tale of rebirth, struggle, sacrifice and redemption, and a tribute to those who gave meaning to the Australian spirit.

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 Heritage
They came to change the course of a river.And changed the course of their lives.
Copyright © Judy Nunn 2005. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
This book is a work of fiction. A number of well-known historical figures areincorporated, but with the exception of several locals whose real names I have used,all other characters are fictitious. The work camp of Spring Hill is also fictitious and isloosely based on my research of the existing work camps of the time.An Arrow bookPublished by Random House Australia Pty LtdLevel 3, 100 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060www.randomhouse.com.auFirst published by Random House Australia 2005This Arrow edition published in 2006, 2007, 2011Copyright © Judy Nunn 2005The moral right of the author has been asserted.All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted by anyperson or entity, including internet search engines or retailers, in any form or by anymeans, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying (except under the statutoryexceptions provisions of the Australian
Copyright Act 1968
), recording, scanning or byany information storage and retrieval system without the prior written permission of Random House Australia.Addresses for companies within the Random House Group can be found atwww.randomhouse.com.au/officesNational Library of AustraliaCataloguing-in-Publication EntryNunn, Judy.Heritage / Judy Nunn.ISBN 978 1 86471 249 0 (pbk)Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority – Fiction.Refugees – Fiction.A823.3Typeset by Midland Typesetters, AustraliaPrinted in Australia by Griffin Press, an accredited ISO AS/NZS 14001:2004Environmental Management System printer10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1The paper this book is printed on is certified against theForest Stewardship Council® Standards. Griffin Press holdsFSC chain of custody certification SGS-COC-005088. FSCpromotes environmentally responsible, socially beneficialand economically viable management of the world’s forests.
Copyright © Judy Nunn 2005. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
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hey came from everywhere. Within a matter of months, the mountain work camps and townshipsof the Monaro rang with a cacophony of unfamil-iar accents and languages which confused both the localsand the hundreds of their fellow countrymen who hadflocked to the area looking for work. Even city-bred Aus-tralians, who’d bumped into the odd ‘Wog’ and consideredthemselves relatively sophisticated, were confounded.They were outnumbered by the Europeans, and bewil-dered by the sudden onslaught of foreign accents and thesights and smells of strange foods. Garlic wafted from thekitchens of the Italians; the Poles and the Czechs ate evil-looking, thick sausages; theGermans downed sauerkrautby the bucket-load; and the Norwegians, incomprehensi-bly, relished soused herring and pickled rollmops withtheir beer. The previously sheltered Australians didn’tknow what to make of this avalanche of new sensations.It had been on August 1, 1949 that fifty-three-year-oldWilliam Hudson was appointed Commissioner of theSnowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority. ‘Ahead of uslie many years of toil, numerous obstacles to be sur-mounted and, I have no doubt, many disappointments,’ he
Copyright © Judy Nunn 2005. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

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