By M. Barnard
Eldershaw. Illustrated by Adrian Feint. Published by Ure Smith in
association with the National Trust of Australia, 1973. Softcover with 201
pages. Weight approx 630g.
spring of 1791 at Maybole in Ayrshire, John Piper, a mercurial boy of
eighteen, was fretting to begin life. His father, Hugh Piper, practised
there as a doctor and hoped that John would follow that profession. But
the boy rebelled. He wanted adventure, colour and movement, the splendour
of life, the heroic gesture, and because they were a military family he
saw it in soldiering. He appealed to his uncle, Captain John Piper, and at
the end of April came the long- awaited and desperately important news. He
was to have an Ensigncy in the newly formed New South Wales Corp. It was
not a fashionable or popular regiment, but no doubt, John's imagination
built it into something splendid as he set out for the new world."
photograph is of an oil painting by Augustus Earle.