Comet River - This setting is a reference to the largest massacre of whites in Australian history. It happened in an area called Springsure, near this setting in 1861. Nineteen people were killed by Kairi warriors in a brutal, sudden attack. It must be noted that whites were routinely killing Aborigines at the time and this was rumored to have been a reprisal.
Myall - This is the slang term for native Australian black, or Aborigine, as they came to be called.
Botany - This is study of plants and Mr. Frazer's passion.
The Bush - This is the Australian slang for a very remote area.
Bowen - This setting is the nearest town to the settlement in the novel (twelve miles) and is located on the northeastern coast of Queensland.
Brisbane - This setting is the capital city of Queensland and is approximately 600 miles from Bowen.
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