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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“We must not panic said Rob as he looked around the campsite; “this is what these people hope; “let’s it until dawn then start to climb. “ I am confident that we can find water.”

“Rob is right said Becky and James.”

“Alright lets give it a go then and if we cannot find water then we must come back said Robert.

Right everyone start drinking water either by tea, coffee, or hot chocolate drinks.

We must eat a good breakfast because we will not get a break for at least six hours when we will have to shade from the heat of the sun. Roll up that tarpaulin and place it outside of one of the rucksacks. Put on your climbing boots and a pair of shorts then we will leave as soon as it’s light.


Rob Johansen looked through his binoculars; he had a grin on his face as he turned to Gary Jacobs.

Now let’s see how they cope now with only a little water left to drink.”

It will make our job easier once they find the gold. They will be so weak after coming down from their climb with the extra weight we will get the gold from them easily.

“Assuming they find it Rob”

Adoni you can follow them and when they reach the place where the gold is; come back and tell us.

“Ok Mister Johansen.

“Make sure your not spotted do you hear?

“Yes Mister; them fella’s will not see me.”

Adoni set off alone in the bush whilst the two men waited in the shade of some trees. They tied a hammock and climbed inside and went to sleep.


Rob led them up Woolbernup hill which was over 750 metres up; once at the top they look around for caves on the other mountains they had to climb. This way was the easiest because this had a pathway to Mount Barren. It was a rocky pathway but easier than just climbing straight up. There were some difficult edges to negotiate with a sheer drop of some 400 feet. It was enough to smash every bone in your body if you slipped.

They took a gulp of water each from their flasks then Carried on. Rob was carrying the water drum tied onto his back which weighed around 40 pounds.

They carried on along the path until they reached the bottom of the first mountain; from a distance it didn’t seem that high but it was over 3.780 feet.

Rob reckoned it would take them about two hours to climb. He didn’t stop because if he had the girls may have sat down and they would have stayed there wasting valuable time and water. There was a lot of large smooth stones to get past so they took it easy until they got past them. Slowly they made their assent to the top.

James pointed to what looked like a cave but when they reached it they found a small

Concaved hole barely four feet wide and three feet of room inside. Just large enough to hold one person.


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