The author's grandmother was a child of the marriage of Thomas Lister and Emily Tom:
hence the interest in these two families.
The ancestors who migrated to Australia in the first half of the 19th century,
"Parson" Tom and "Captain" Lister,
were two larger-than-life characters, with whom the story begins.
Their sons were the discoverers of the first payable gold in Australia.

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