The Dark Mountain by Catherine Jinks.
Based on the true story of a colonial family. This compelling tale includes a memorable cast of characters including Australia's first female Novelist. The story is set against the brooding backdrop of the Southern Highlands.
In the summer of 1836 a violent incident in the Belanglo wilderness, sets of a chain of events that transforms Charlotte's and her siblings life.
It was first published in 2008.
Oh! The light from the mountain is fading away
And the shadows creep over it chilly and grey,
I see the stark rocks in their sternness and pride;
But the flowers are hidden that grow by their side.
The tall trees are tossing their wild arms on high
As the shriek of the curlew goes mournfully by,
The cold night is coming it will not delay.
For the light from the mountain is fading away.
Louisa Atkinson calvert, ca.1850