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Mills & Boon meets Phillip Island
ISLANDERS have long known our dra-
matic coastline and history is the stuff of
But perhaps no one has captured that mys-
tique as much as author Dorothy Adamek.
Dorothy has written an historical romance
set in the pioneering era of 1870s Phillip Is-
Dorothy became a member of the Phillip
Island and District Historical Society, taking
three years to trawl through numerous his-
torical records to pen Carry Me Home.
The book cover even features her daughter
Sophie, in period costume, photographed on
Carry Me Home, Dorothy says, does not
refer to specific characters of our past, but
is instead inspired by the early settler life.
“I t’s not based on historical details but in-
stead is inspired by the lives early settlers
would have lived,” says the 48-year-old from
Melbourne, who visited Cowes last week for
a public talk at the library.
“For instance I read about a farmer want-
ing to dig a well for his crops and instead
discovered a clay pit which he used to make
“So I’ve got a sensual scene in my book be-
tween the hero and heroine in the clay area.”
Dorothy says one of the most interesting
historical details she uncovered, which is
included in the book, is the island’s mutton
bird egg hunt of the late 1800s.
“While the birds were away from their nests
humans would collect their eggs. Melbourne
bakers would pay top dollar for the eggs be-
cause they would make the best cakes.
“They were highly sought-after and so
they’d have hunts and the person who col-
lected the most eggs was the winner.
“In the book I have the characters on the
Cape Woolamai cliffs on an egg hunt. ”
On completion of the book, president of
the historical society, John Jansson, read
the novel for historical accuracy.
While Dorothy does not live on the island,
her love has grown over a lifetime of holiday-
When she was a young girl her parents
bought a holiday house at Ventnor.
“I’d sit in the back of the car and look
down the dusty tracks and broken gates and
I’d wonder who the first people were and
how they lived here, it was so remote and
“When I had my own children I wondered
about the life of a mother with no hospital
or midwife. My curiosity kept being filled by
Carry Me Home is the first of a self-pub-
lished trilogy of romance novels set on the
island and tells the story of Finella Mayfield,
a 20-year- old English bride who arrives in
Australia in 1875 for an arranged marriage,
recording her thoughts in her journal.
But instead of her fiancé, Finella is met by
Shadrach Jones, a poor farmer from Cowes
sent to collect her from the busy Melbourne
Shadrach is busy growing mustard and
chicory and caring for Molly, his simple sis-
Can Shadrach convince Finella she has a
future with a farmer?
Dorothy says the style of book she writes is
called displacement fiction.
“The stories of people upended by tragedy
and trauma, and their struggle to belong in
their new worlds,” s ays Dorothy, who stud-
ied literature at La Trobe University, and has
taught secondary school English.
Signed copies of the book are available at
the Turn the Page bookshop in Cowes.
Dorothy Adamek’s romance novel Carry
Me Home – the book cover was photographed
on Ventnor beach.
Author Dorothy Adamek has written an
historical romance novel set in the pioneer-
ing era of the 1870s, on Phillip Island.
NEWHAVEN College was fortunate to host a pre-
sentation to parents from child psychologist Dr
Michael Carr-Gregg last week.
His advice about building wellbeing in an online
world was a timely message for parents trying to
make sense of their children’s digital world.
Parents were told they must resist the demonisa-
tion of technology.
“Rather than banning digital devices, we must
teach our children the safe, smart, and respon-
sible way to use technology,” Mr Carr-Gregg said.
“Parents must set limits and boundaries. They
are in charge and need to find their digital back-
Some of Mr Carr-Gregg’s tips for parents in-
• Children under the age of 13 do not have the
social or emotional maturity to be on social media.
• High school is the approximate time to get a
second hand phone for your child. They can work
in a job or do chores to fund the mobile plan.
• No digital devices in bedrooms.
• No digital devices at the dinner table. A des-
ignated meal time is the opportunity for families
• Children must be taught how to deal with cy-
ber bullying. It’s as vital as teaching them to swim
and to cross the road.
• Talk to your children about it before any bul-
lying occurs. They need to ensure they do not re-
ply to online bullying, block the bully immediately,
and save the evidence. If it is serious abuse, it must
• Ensure your child is aware that material post-
ed online is permanent. It is illegal to upload nude
photos of a person under age 17, even of yourself.
A Human Resources executive may search for
your child online during a job selection process
and see your child at age 18 in their birthday suit.
OurPact is a program that allows a parent to
control every digital device in the home.
Mr Carr-Gregg encouraged parents to change
passwords to online devices regularly and ensure
children have finished their chores and homework
before they are given the new password.
The final message was one every parent should
remember, beginning when their children are very
Keep your children educated about drugs. Keep
them busy in the real world with art, music, dance,
drama or sport and they will be too busy to take
drugs or even look for them.
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