Having a lot of fun researching my new book on the life of Captain John Scully whilst he was in Australia. I'm also discovering some fairly dreadful facts too. Looking at the men in red coats, they look pretty dapper but they were fresh out of England and Ireland and totally unprepared for the climate in New South Wales. They were poorly paid and the officers like Scully, were increasingly under pressure to save money and make-do with diminishing resources. Most were reasonable men, but some were B*stards! The lads in the chains were repeat offenders and sent to the chain gangs. The reason that they were in Australia in the first place was because they may have stolen a piece of cheese, or a shawl to keep themselves warm. And then there are the Indigenous. They just had their land stolen, their women stolen and then were maybe shot just because they were severely peeved at their treatment. Young Captain Scully certainly would have known about the Waterloo Creek Massacre whilst he was in charge of his stockade on the eastern highway. The book should be finished towards the end of 2016.