Talmalmo and ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’

Thomas Keneally’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972) is a novel based on the life of Jimmy Governor, an Aboriginal man who in 1900 was on the run after committing murder. A similar tragedy predates this, however, and has received far less attention than the story Keneally put into his novel. This earlier event happened … Continue reading Talmalmo and ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’

Talmalmo – Historical Beginnings

TALMALMO, of Upper Murray country. Talmalmo is a mountain-locked valley in Upper Murray country.  Its beginnings occur within the colonial context of the early decades of the nineteenth century, when there was a movement for inland settlement and a search for country suitable for grazing. Once a route south from Sydney across the Blue Mountains … Continue reading Talmalmo – Historical Beginnings