In a year when we could all use a different perspective Jim Haynes came to the rescue with his latest sojourn into history, Heroes, Rebels and Radicals of Convict Australia (published by Allen & Unwin, rrp $35). In fourteen essays he covers a cast of colourful characters. John White was the surgeon and doctor of the colony, and his work saved countless lives.
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Derek Parker is a freelance writer and reviewer
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