'His story is as intriguing as it is bizarre, and if all history was presented this way, I would consume more of it.' - Goodreads
AVAILABLE 3 JANUARY 2024
Exposing Captain Starlight’s twisted life of crime and deceit.
Who was ‘Captain Starlight’?
When a respectable public servant dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, the authorities are baffled. Who really was the dead man? Was he an Irish nobleman fallen on hard times – or a conman, a forger, a serial impostor, a killer?
As an investigation peels back the layers of deception, aliases and lies, a bizarre chain of events is revealed, exposing the deceased as a man guilty of a string of audacious crimes spanning decades – crimes including identity theft and murder.
In The Killer's Game, Jane Smith has pieced together the scattered clues to the dead man's background, uncovering the true story of the life and crimes of the 19th-century enigma once known as Frank Pearson – or Captain Starlight.
The Killer's Game is a re-release of the popular Captain Starlight: The Strange But True Story of a Bushranger, Impostor and Murderer.
‘I love this book! Incredibly well-researched, and beautifully written. This is one I'm going to recommend to my friends.’
– Calif Writer, Amazon.
Learn more about Captain Starlight the man here
'What an absolute delight! ... As a teacher of young women for over 30 years, I recommend Carly Mills as a heroic character who will inspire young readers, especially girls like Carly, to be curious and ready for action at a moment’s notice.'
Kathi-Ann Hill, English and Japanese teacher
Hey, kids! Carly Mills has a site of her own. Visit her here.
'An exciting, easy-to-read, action-packed fictional romp through Australian bushranging history' – Sandy Fussell, Sunday Telegraph
'... an engaging, at times riveting, study of six of Australia’s more infamous bushrangers.'
– Russ Merrin, Magpies Magazine
MORE FOR ADULTS
Ship of Death: the Tragedy of the Emigrant
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FRANK BROEZE MEMORIAL MARITIME HISTORY 2021 BOOK PRIZE !
'Jane Smith, excellent historian that she is ... has added a rich vein to our understanding of the personal, individual legends of early white settlement in Queensland.' - Kerry O'Brien
‘I little thought we were about to proceed on so disastrous a voyage…’
When 276 poor British emigrants sail away from Plymouth on the ship Emigrant in April 1850, seeking a better life in Australia, they know nothing of the ordeal that lies ahead. For four terrible months at sea they endure cramped and squalid conditions, insufferable heat, bitter cold … and a mounting death toll from the dreaded disease that rages through the ship: typhus.
When the Emigrant arrives in Moreton Bay, the nightmare continues. For three long months in quarantine at Stradbroke Island, the immigrants’ hopes are raised and dashed, and raised and dashed again.
Impeccably researched and poignantly told, Ship of Death unfurls the true saga of the ill-fated voyage, quarantine and aftermath. For the first time, this stunning book reveals the human stories of some key players in the drama – their backgrounds, their suffering, and their fates – and in doing so, brings to life a remarkable journey common to many of Australia’s early settlers.
Their stories are tales of hardship, resilience, courage and despair.
A vivid, beautifully researched account of a human tragedy told with compassion and an eye for novelistic detail.
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Generations of Care: St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba 1922-2022
In the hundred years since its official opening on 19 November 1922, St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba has grown from a single building into a large acute-care medical, surgical and maternity hospital. This pictorial history provides wonderful snapshots of special moments and milestones throughout the long history of one of Toowoomba's best-loved institutions.
Written by Jane Smith for St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba, printed by Cracker Print and Paper.
To buy, contact St Vincent's Private Hospital Toowoomba, (07) 4690 4000