McCreadies Gold

Set in Glasgow; Tynemouth and Australia - it tells of a merchant seaman who is estranged from his wife and two sons after their divorce in 1908. His wife Edna moves to Glasgow where she brings up her two children in the Gorbals a notorious slum. Her son Allan is killed during the war but Robert fails a medical and works as a shipyard welder. he meets Patricia and they get married. They have two sons Robert Jr and James. they go to live in the newly built Red Road Tower Block. Robert receives a phone call telling him that his father has died and that he must go to London where the will is to be read. He is left a key to a safe deposit box and the deeds to a house in Tynemouth. what he reads in the letter will take him and his two sons halfway across the world on an adventure. McCreadies Gold is definitely one to read.

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Seletar Airport was used by the British as a base for Royal Air force planes.

The passengers we pleased to disembark for an hour whilst the plane refuelled.

James introduced Becky to the others as they went into the terminal building then sought out a café where they could get coffee and a sandwich.

James told them that Becky would be accompanying them though Australia to where ever they were going.

Robert bought a map of Australia at one of the shops and spread the map out onto the table.

Eleanor scanned it and then pointed to the Northern Territories.

There are about seven mountains in the Northern territories and the thing that you are looking for could be in any one of them. We may have to climb them all.

Have you done any climbing asked Eleanor?

“We’ve climbed a few Monroe’s in Scotland.”

“I think that these could be a bit trickier especially if we are looking for a cave.”

“What are we searching for asked beck naively?”

“Something my father left me Becky.”

“Is it valuable?”

“Yes; it could be if we can find it.

They folded the map and placed it in Eleanor’s handbag for safe keeping.

After picking up some bottled water they headed towards the departure lounge ready to board the plane again.

They stood in line as the boarding passes were rechecked before being allowed on the plane.

It was going to be another nine hours before they reached Queensland. They all tried to get some sleep because they would need to get to work as soon as they reached the Wrest Point Hotel. They needed to hire a truck with spare tyres; then buy food and all the equipment needed for a month or even longer with enough diesel and water to last them in case there was no fresh water source. They may have to hire an indigenous tribesman who could lead them through the Northern Territory. What nobody wanted was to get lost in the outback without food or water. Without it they wouldn’t last a week. They would all die for certain.

Robert and the rest slept for a good six hours; the next three were the longest but eventually the plane landed and they walked down the stairs into blazing heat.

It was 43 degrees centigrade about 110. They quickly got into the shade until they had got clearance then they found somewhere to hire a truck and they got in and drove to the Wrest Point Hotel.

On the way Robert bought some clothes for them all that would be more suitable to the climate.

Both Robert an Eleanor sat in the back of the truck soaking up the sun until they reached the hotel where they checked in then the two girls who were sharing a room together took a shower and changed into something cooler. The lads had a double room adjacent to the girls. They took turns in the shower and then got changed into shorts and open toed sandals. They had also bought three pairs of boots for climbing.

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