Peter and Sheila Forrest

Historians & Writers

They Crossed a Continent


They Crossed a Continent

The Story of a Wartime Exodus from Croker Island to Sydney
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By Margaret Somerville, with extended introduction and postscript by Peter & Sheila Forrest.

Margaret Somerville was one of the three women who, in 1942, helped take 95 part-Aboriginal children from their improvised home on war-threatened Croker Island to safety in the south. Later, she wrote to her parents a description of the epic seven week long journey from the island to the outskirts of Sydney. That description is the core of this book. 'This one of the greatest of all Australian stories of love and compassion' said Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC, in Darwin, 14 May 2010. It is also a story of high adventure. It is a story that every Australian should know.