Read Chapter 1 - Cheese
Then Discuss the following . . . .
What do we learn about the indigenous people from this first chapter?
What were they called?
Why do you think they were called that?
How were they treated and what did the white settlers think of them?
What did Barney think of the "Indian" girl? Why do you think he was so curious about her?
Do you agree with the attitudes of the white convicts and settlers towards the native people? Why?
Who is telling this story?
We meet Barney Bean in this chapter. How would you describe him?
What are Barney's strengths?
Why is he having to look after himself?
Who is Elsie? Do we know what her relationship is to Barney? What do we know about her at this stage?
Why do you think the storeman saved the cheese for Barney? Was he being fair to Bullock Man? Would you have done that if you had been in that position? Was it risky? Why?