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Silver Lies, Golden Truths

Broken Hill, a gentle German and two world wars

Christine Ellis

Silver Lies, Golden Truths
Reinhold (Jack) Schuster was an illegal German immigrant. A trained soldier in the German Armeekorps, he sat out both world wars in the Australian outback of Broken Hill. Jack's story debunks the myth that salutes the mining town as the birthplace of solidarity - by exposing divisiveness, prejudice and powerlessness.

The only enemy attack to take place on Australian soil during World War I occurred in Broken Hill, and Jack was there to witness the mob violence that followed. He watched unionists stone the troop trains heading off to war and learned of brutality against his countrymen in the Torrens Island internment camp.

Christine Ellis's grandfather came to life through stories told by her mother - some of which defied belief. Christine's research confirmed them. Silver Lies, Golden Truths is Jack Schuster's story. It tells of the love between a father and his young daughter, of idyllic family times, and the cruel cost of working in the mines.

Praise for Silver Lies, Golden Truths:
'This book gives a gripping account of what life was like in a mining town in the first half of the twentieth century, with the added bonus of seeing the two world wars through the eyes of an enemy alien living in Australia at that time.' - Ian Harmstorf, Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia

'Quietly powerful and consistently fascinating, this work is a fine addition to the untold Australian story.' - Stephen Davenport, InDaily

'A timely, heartbreaking re-imagining of war and peace in the Silver City.' - Peter Goers

'A poignant tale about an extraordinary man, interesting and captivating.' - Nic Klaassen, Flinders Research Journal

'A must read. - Peter Black, Barrier Daily Truth

'It is difficult to get to the end of the story without feeling like this is a man you know, or at the very least one you would like to meet.' - Raelke Grimmer, Transnational Literature, Vol. 8, No. 2

Christine Ellis grew up in Broken Hill, and credits this unique outback mining city for providing her with remarkable career opportunities as a nurse, television presenter and journalist, regional development executive, and as the first female manager on a Broken Hill mine. In 2002, Christine moved to Adelaide to establish her strategic communications consultancy but remains a director of the Broken Hill Community Foundation. Silver Lies, Golden Truths is her first book.

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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781743053508
Extent 320 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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