Good Reading : June 2015
GOOD READING JUNE 2015 33 BEHIND THE BOOK About 4500 of these people were long-term residents, including naturalised and Australian-born citizens, some second- or third-generation. Anti-German hysteria was whipped up by the government, and internment was largely based on gossip from informants with no due legal process. Not a single German was ever tried or convicted for acts of espionage or terrorism. At the end of the war, compulsory deportation saw thousands of these internees shipped to Ger many. I was stunned to discover footage of the internment camps held at the Australian War Memorial, and I was very moved by what I saw. In my novel, the German-Australian family that lives in the cottage next door to the Palace will change Adam Fox’s life. Freddie, Freya and Angie believe they have nothing to fear when the war breaks out, but they watch in disbelief as suspicion and hatred grows around them. A hundred years on, it is time for their story to be told. Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale is published by Allen & Unwin, rrp $29.99. war, compulsory deportation saw thousands of these internees shipped to Germany. I was stunned to discover footage of the internment camps held at the Australian War Memorial, The Casino of the Hydro, circa 1920. The dining room of the Hydro, circa 1920. Julian Leatherdale at the Hydro Majestic Hotel.