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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They pitched up the tents and the girls got a pot of tea going after James got a camp fire started. Robert made a curry with some chicken breasts that he had bought which they ate with some boiled rice. “Not real bush tucker yet but we have enough to last us until we can catch some game. Then the fuel and water was checked in the truck before they turned in.

Tomorrow they would travel to mount Olga in search of clues.


The word soon got around about the strangers who had arrived. Bernard Crutchley sat at his desk in Brisbane then picked up the phone and spoke with Adoni Bindo an Aoriginal bushman tracker.

When the phone answered Bernard told him that he had a job for him and that he would go with the men he was sending round to pick him up in about two hours and to be ready.

The fifty year old business man sat back in his leather chair looking at the photo of his grandfather who had talked about a man many years before who had came into town with some gold nuggets.

He had laid claim to a mine in the outback but was very secretive as to its whereabouts. His Grandfather; William Arthur Crutchley followed the pom throughout the outback but it seemed that the pom was always one step ahead of him.

After the McCreadie left for England, his Grandfather searched the area but could not find the pommie bastard’s gold. Some three years elapsed before the McCreadie returned and he set off on horseback across the outback again. His grandfather set out to try and find the old man for over a week he tracked McCreadie then he just seemed to disappear over night. William Crutchley did pan around the area where McCreadie had been sighted finding some small nuggets in the creek nearby but no big find like the one’s McCreadie had discovered.

Crutchley knew that he was close and he told his son Gary who just thought his grand father was rambling on until on his deathbed he told the story to Bernard.

Bernard promised his Grandfather that he would never give up looking.

He had found some two hundred ounces over the years but no significant find.

Now that these people had arrived Bernard was curious as to what they were up to. He didn’t believe that they were geologists who had come to study rock formations.

They had bought an old Metal detector used during World War two to locate land mines.

Using Adoni Bindo the aborigine bushman who could track anything and could lead men hopefully to the site where the gold was buried.

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