Review: Nancy Whittaker, In Maldon Today Radio Program, Maine fm 94.9; August 31st, 2015

"Debbie's description of parts of her book made chills run up and down my spine. It is a MUST READ... 'Judicial Murder' about the first man hanged in the Old Castlemaine Gaol."

More: ​Read an interview published by Cath Isakson on the blog site Great (book) Expectations; a report of Deb's recent visit to Tasmania in the Meander Valley Gazette; and you can also keep up to date with what's happening on the dedicated facebook page,  the Exoneration of David Young​.

True Crime; 477 pages

​RRP: $29.95 plus postage

(Postage included for orders of multiples of 5 )


Synopsis: In the early years of the Tarrangower Diggings life could be difficult if not prcarious. Nothing was guaranteed and death an inevitable, closely quartered, presence. The pages within focus on Maldon's north: especially the area once known as Eagle Hawk. Read of the controversial Capt. Mechosk, the entrepreneurial Daniel Tallerman and the almost forgotten goldfield’s artist Edwin Stocqueler. Read also of the life of families in business, of pubs and recreational life.


ISBN: 978-0-9943424-0-9 

Author: Deborah Benson 

First Published: August, 2015


ISBN: 978-0-9924111-2-1

Author: Christopher Creek 

First Published: May, 2015​

Non Fiction; 259 pages

RRP: $26.95 plus postage  

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Review: Tarrangower Times, June 5th, 2015

"Christopher has written a book that is well-illustrated and is easy and entertaining to read. He hasn't however, compromised when it comes to quality of content - A Rich Vein is painstakingly researched, with a handy index and comprehensive footnotes... Christopher's descriptions of the goldrush days paint an evocative picture of life for the people who lived in Eaglehawk [Maldon]."

Synopsis: It was the 28th of December, 1864 at about 11:30pm when a most brutal murder was committed in the riotous town of Daylesford. Murder was nothing new, but this was something very different. The victim was a young wife of 6 weeks, only 17 years old, and viciously attacked in her bed. The hunt was on to find the perpetrator and there were many suspects. Eventually the constabulary settled on David Young; he was tried, convicted and executed. But it would appear that everything about that conviction was unsound. How could this happen? This is the true story of those events and the desire to address a dreadful wrong.