Take two historical events which occurred on opposite sides of the world. Examine the course of each in detail. Apply a slight distortion to their unfolding, then extrapolate. That’s what Brian Savvas does. The outcome is Australian Watershed. Alternate history perhaps but it descends onto real geography and real places saying “here I make my mark”: • Campdrafting in Queensland’s Longreach; • The Sydney-Albury railway, the casus belli the latter’s Post Office shares with the Murray’s Causeway and High Street Wodonga; • Melbourne’s Parliament and Cable Trams, Toorak’s Como and Queenscliff’s Fort; • South Australia’s Backstairs Passage, the Adelaide Stock Exchange, Ayers House; • The West’s King George Sound, Mount Barker and Mill Point South Perth; • And now on the map forevermore, Whorouly on the Ovens. They are places you will visit if Australian Watershed becomes Australia’s answer to Gone with the Wind and War and Peace. Even Americans will visit while puzzled by what happened to their nation. And because of the charm and communication skills of the respected China born Tasmanian peacemaker, an Australian republic is born, the child unbegotten by the 1999 referendum. Brian compares his story to some watersheds in real history which took the world down those unlikely paths to the improbable ground on which we now stand. After attending South Perth Primary and Perth Modern School, Brian gained degrees in Engineering from the University of Western Australia and Computer Science from Melbourne. Although his professional life has been in electronics, communications and information technology, his leisure time reading, even from his teen years, has been mostly history: of exploration, of technology and a lot of military. Brian lives in Adelaide.
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