Crept past 65,000 words today, still finding myself digging into events of the past to add actuality and flavour to the story.
One event in the story features the Preston Falls aka Delaneys Falls and that sent me on a journey to work out why the Falls had duality in the names. Seems the Falls were on land once owned by William Delaney and he was asked to give access to the Falls for all Tasmanians in perpetuity.
A second event now woven into the story was a performance in Devonport in 1950 by Hindu dancers Shivaram and Janaki. Shivaram was first introduced to Australia by Louise Lightfoot in 1947. Shivaram returned to Australia as late as 1976.
For Australians freshly out of World War Two, the Federal Government beat-up of the Communist threat leading into Australian troops entering the Korean War in 1950 must have seemed surreal. This, too, makes its way into the story in passing.