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They Crossed a Continent


The story of a wartime exodus from Croker Island to Sydney

by Margaret Somerville

with an Introduction and Postscript by historians Peter and Sheila Forrest


In April and May 1942, Margaret Somerville was one of three women who helped take 95 part-Aboriginal children from their improvised home on war-threatened Croker Island 5,000km across Australia to safety in the south.

Then, in 1946, Margaret helped bring the children back to their beloved island where the cottage homes continued until December 1968.  In 1970 Margaret's story of the exodus and return was published as "They Crossed a Continent".

They Crossed a Continent


This new edition of Margaret's book, in hard cover and lavishly illustrated with vivd photographs, will fire the interest, imagination and pride of every Australian.

The book is available for purchase at $39.95, plus $17.00 postage and handling (Australia only). If you wish to obtain a copy, please contact us on phone (08) 8920 4100, fax (08) 8920 4101 or email at

Alternatively, you can Print an Order Form and mail it to:

Somerville Community Services
PO Box 42644
Casuarina NT 0811