Thicker Than Water


As part of their Life Writing Studies Module A Extension 1HSC students and their teachers at Hurlstone Agricultural High School welcomed author Cal Flyn into their library.

Thicker Than Water by Cal Flyn is a memoir of family,secrets,guilt and history.

British journalist Cal Flyn was holidaying in her childhood home in the Highlands of Scotland, when she stumbled upon a dark family secret. To her horror, she discovered that her great-great-great uncle Angus McMillan, who had been mythologized as a great explorer and pioneer of early Australia, was in fact also the leader of a number of gruesome massacres of indigenous people.

Cal was able to talk to the students about self-reflection about her journals and research she had to undertake to write this book.

“Life writing is a field devoted to the study and creation of narratives which focus on individual lives and lives of others.  Life writers and historians believe that life writing and life history are very important and useful as they provide first hand stories and accounts of individuals and personal insights.”

by Jacqui Barton, Education Manager

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