I'm self-funding the first print of this book and offering various rewards to raise the money.
About the book...
During the early days of European occupation, the Aboriginal population of South West Victoria was decimated, first by introduced diseases, then by the frontier wars.
A protectorate was established at Mount Rouse in the 1800s which was a total failure and eventually closed down. The land was sold off in packages.
One of these packages was purchased by an odd little fellow named Johann Krummnow. He possessed seemingly equal parts fervent religious devotion and human frailty.
He established Australia's first women's refuge and he campaigned for native title over crown land long before Eddie Koiki Mabo was born.
"Safe Country" is a narrative of the fascinating antics of this religious refugee and his devotees. They built what remains the longest continually run commune in Australian history.
Dubbed "The peculiar people" by locals, the communards offered shelter and food to any who needed it. They gave refuge to around 300 Aboriginal people after the Mount Rouse protectorate had closed down.
Rich with scandal, sex, love and heartbreak, the story is presented as a coffee table book with full page photographs from South West Victoria.
Throughout the tale flows an underlying theme of kindness toward displaced people.
About the Rewards:
Along with the book, I am offering a variety of photo gifts (postcards and calendars) as well as airbnb accommodation packages for you to explore the "Safe Country".
I have a social media promotion business www.weavemeaweb.com and I am also offering web services to help me print this book. I will make you a 3 page, brochure-style website with 12 months hosting for just $125 (cheaper than wix) and I will promote your facebook page (if you don't have a facebook page I'll make you one, no extra charge)
Penshurst is an historic village with a population around 500. It lies at the base of Mt Rouse, (a dormant volcano) From the top you can enjoy impressive views of the Western District.
Half way between Warrnambool and Halls Gap, Penshurst is a great place to base your getaway with easy access to wineries, waterfalls, the Grampians and the Great Ocean Rd.
Included with the accommodation packages is a self-drive tour guide map of the "Safe Country".