Girl from Mena Creek

By Grace Bogaert

A novel written around real events set between the 1920s - 40s.

Talia leaves the dry rocky mountainside of her Catalan village to lush Northern Queensland, to be reunited with her cane-cutter father, her only knowledge of the faraway country from a worn postcard.  On her first encounters with the land, she experiences the extremes of hardship and poverty, mixed with the delights of bountiful nature and kinship.  When the family moves to Mena Creek to work at Castillo Candela, the estate of another Spanish family, she witnesses opulence and privilege, but always from the outside looking in, never really belonging.  And when she falls in love for the first time, her lover too, is driven away from her.  But he can never really leave Talia, as he is imprinted on her heart, as deeply as Mena Creek flows through the landscape of her being.

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The Spanish Dreamer

Was written by Dena Leighton in the early 90's and was first published in 1996. Dena interviewed many of Jose's friends and family from Australia and Catalonia including Teresa, Jose's Daughter.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the opening of Paronella Park in 1935, so we have decided to print a special edition of the book in full colour! This is the 11th printing, with the book now having sold over 30,000 copies.


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1671 Japoonvale Rd (Old Bruce Highway)

PO Box 88

Mena Creek, Queensland 4871

Ph: 61 7 4065 0000

Fax: 61 7 4065 3022


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