Book review HAMILTON HUME written by Robert Macklin. Published by Hachette and RRP $32.99
An excellent account of the life of a man who made such an impact on Australia, I have spent countless hours travelling the Hume Highway without giving Hamilton Hume a single thought. The story is woven with skill and craft and emphasises the humanity of the man. This homegrown explorer faced the hero’s journey with courage and dogged determination. He overcame obstacles that would defeat all but the strongest. We see a rare glimpse, the personal side of a man who cared for our first Australians and who was slighted, and his wealth of knowledge disparaged and compared to that of a competent bushranger. What was Hume’s crime that upset the colonial apple cart? Simple. He was born in the colony in Parramatta. He was not English. The next time you travel the Hume Highway spare a thought for this great explorer who thanks to Robert Macklin’s work may obtain the recognition he so richly deserves. A great read and I can thoroughly recommend it.