I am in the middle of Sydney Harbour, stuck on this place the masters call Cockatoo Island. I am here because I am an orphan, but I cannot help feeling like I have been sent here for doing something wrong.
The British Government's going to test atomic bombs on the Woomera Rocket Range. Mum said that if she'd known they were going to test atomic bombs here, she'd never have come. What's she worried about? It's only a bomb.
The year 1900 was a momentous one for Kitty Barnes. Bubonic plague, the Black Death, was killing large numbers of people; the country was on the verge of becoming a federation; Kitty's brother was in Africa fighting in the Boer.