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The Celestials

Outcasts, Outlaws and Why Ned Kelly Yearned for China

Ian David Roberts



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21 October 2023
This story begins in Guangzhou China with the commencement of the Second Opium war. After the British bombardment of their home and city, two teenagers, a brother and younger sister, are sent by their parents to Tsin Chin Shan, the New Gold Mountain, in the colony of Victoria. As Chinese, the siblings and their compatriots are outsiders in the goldfields. They are on the margins of colonial society, as are the poor Irish settlers with whom they find they have interests in common. Their interaction with the notorious Kelly Gang becomes a dangerous political alliance ...

Imprint:   Arden
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 133mm, 
ISBN:   9781922952806
ISBN 10:   192295280X
Pages:   233
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Ian Roberts worked in the performing arts in Australia from the mid-1970s in administrative roles. He has been a chair and board member of many arts organisations and government agencies for over 50 years. In 2001, Roberts took up a career in writing, principally as a ghost-writer and editor of speeches and newspaper articles for business leaders and philanthropists. In the early 2000s Roberts returned to his lifelong interest in photography and presented a solo exhibition Plottings: Images before the shore. The images in The Celestials have been created by Roberts from photographs he took in the Beechworth region and Vietnam over the last twenty years. The Celestials is Roberts’ first full-length work. His short stories have been published by Allen and Unwin and various newspapers, including Neo Kosmos.

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