Once a Jolly Swagman
An old black Billy Can contain the secrets of an incredible life
An Australian Historical Novel
Set in 1870s Parramatta and Kent UK
Rick Lockley, battling his family’s expectations, runs away to become a swagman.
Jack, a jolly swagman, takes him under his care. Even after years together, Rick knows little about the old man.
On his death, Jack leaves Rick his precious Billy Can; the contents reveal Jack’s identity. Stunned, Rick must travel to England to finalise Jack’s wishes. There he uncovers Jack’s life of love, betrayal and a link to his own family. Rick discovers there is much more to learn about this enigmatic man.