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Publisher's Summary

A riveting novel that tells the story of Sydney and the people who shaped its character, its skyline and its heart.  

In 1788, Thomas Kendall, a naïve 19-year-old sentenced to transportation for burglary, finds himself bound for Sydney Town and a new life in the wild and lawless land beneath the Southern Cross.  

Thomas fathers a dynasty that will last more than 200 years. His descendants play their part in the forging of a nation, but greed and prejudice see an irreparable rift in the family which will echo through the generations.  

It is only at the dawn of the new millennium - as an old journal lays bare a terrible secret - that the family can finally reclaim its honour.... 

Beneath the Southern Cross is as much a story of a city as it is a family chronicle. Bringing history to life, Judy Nunn traces the fortunes of Kendall's descendants through good times and bad, wars and social revolutions to the present day, vividly drawing the events, characters and issues that have made the city of Sydney and the nation of Australia what they are today.

©1999 Judy Nunn (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing

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Loved it

Loved how it started out in early settlement times of Australia & a bit of romance but then as it went on how she worked in actual historical events in Australia had me remembering those times.
And at the end it all fell into place with mention of Cathy Freeman & Mr Kendle .
Truly loved all the characters & story lines.
Thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Bev
  • 09-10-2021

Enjoyable

Being a Sydneysider, I did enjoy this story. The narrator was really good, especially with voicing the different characters. I found it to drag on a bit but overall a good listen.

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Fascinating convict to current times

An interesting family story through the generations from convict days to present times in Sydney. Historical milestone events woven in such as WW1, the Sydney Harbour bridge opening. At times the generations in the middle became a little confusing trying to achieved too much into one book. It could have easily been a trilogy of books. Great story. Probably of more interest to Sydney people as the places mentioned are so familiar to us.

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  • Ian
  • 16-02-2020

Not up to Nunn’s usual standard

Really disappointed in this book. 9 hours in and I’ve given up. The rambling saga just hasn’t grabbed me. Just as I get interested in a plot or character, the story jumps a generation. I LOVE Judy Nunn and have read and listened to most of her other books but this one is just not up to scratch.

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Fantastic

Loved it Would listen again. I loved how the book spaned across Australian history Thanks

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  • 04-04-2022

Under recognized gem of a book

Wow. What a great historical saga about Australia. This book kept me listening the day I started it well into the night, and furnished it the next day. I rate a book on whether it keeps me listening or if I have to push myself to get back to it. Others said they had a hard time following the story, but I didn’t find that at all.

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