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He was one of a number of convicts who had escaped from the Sullivan’s Bay (Australia) settlement in 1803 during the ten months since it was established.
All but one had either been killed, disappeared or returned in desperation to give themselves up.
The one surviving escapee, William Buckley, was found by a group of aborigines whose leader had only just died and, since Buckley was over six feet tall and the first white man they’d ever seen, they believed him to be the returned spirit of their deceased leader.
The Wathaurong aborigines cared for him and taught him their social order and ways of survival in the bush.
They even gave him a wife.
For 32 years the ‘wild white man’ Buckley lived with these original inhabitants on a peninsula south-west of present-day Melbourne.
This is just on of many touching true stories in my non-fiction book 'The Mystery of Granny's Ghost'.
To read my blog post on this and other true stories CLICK HERE .