The Earl's Shadow
When I started writing this story the characters took over the plot!
There are two incidents in this where again I have woven real-life experiences into the storyline. The snake bite described, is from an experience that my father had when I was a child. The symptoms described were as he suffered them, only over a greater space of time. The numb tongue and fuzzy speech took some days to occur. The rest of the symptoms were similar. Mum was a nurse and wrote them down as they happened. The snake that bit my dad was a five-foot black snake ( Eric Worral, a friend inspected the bite and could identify the size and species from the fang marks) and was some ten foot up a 'she-oak' tree. It should not have been there! Dad too thought he'd been stabbed by a branch. It was only when Mum showered him some two days later, that she found the bite in the middle of his side.
The near-death experience is one that occurred to my mum when she was over gassed in a dentists chair in 1925. She too saw Heaven and was told it was not her time - she had to 'go back'. She did and what an extraordinary life she led! She was co-winner of the Senior citizen of the year in 1999. Her epitaph reads "Home at last"
The Reform Bill was indeed a 'thing' and was eventually passed. The vote was finally given to 'the common man'. Eventually, this inspired the Suffragette Movement.
Charles speech in the House of Lords is of course made up - but the details of the sovereigns made are accurate. So much gold was being found in the colony at that time that it was formed into Millions of coil. Hence the Syndey Mint was built. You can go there today and see through it!
Kit's Sermon was inspired by a Rev John Chapman Lecture when I was at Bible college. He gave us the 'Five points of Evangelism' If you can remember them you can tell anyone about our Faith! I have no idea where the idea came from!
"God, Man, God, What if you do? What if you don't?" Remember this and expand it. The truth of our Faith then follows:-
Again I cannot finish without mentioning the Reverend William Branwhite Clarke and his astounding contribution to Australia as we know it. In the Bicentenary year he was called "Father of Australian Geology" and did indeed 'do' the first Mineral survey in the colony. He is named as one of the top 200 most influential Australians.
How this one finished is NOT how I planned it. But as I said the characters took over the plot! We must remember that the end is just the beginning. We have an Eternal life when we finished this one.