Urban Nomad. Who is the Smith?

I am the Smith.

I am the author.

Why ‘the Smith’?

The smiths were the crafters, the metal smiths, the blacksmiths, the makers of Medieval Britain a thousand years ago.

I am the wordsmith.

I’ve written and self-published 8 autobiographical books.

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This smith has lived everywhere.

Over 50 dwellings have been my home.

An ancient aboriginal corroboree ground in a wilderness area known as Fairy Hills where the creek met the river was my first memory of life.

And only a few kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

I’ve just learned they’ve been digging up ancient aboriginal artifacts that suggest this.

I’ve lived with psychics and healers.

And sat with mediums or channels.

I’ve lived with a Reiki Master in New York.

With a Roman Catholic nurse in the north of Italy.

With a Buddhist in the UK.

My lawyer was an Atheist.

I didn’t live with him.

I ran my own freelance copywriting business. in the ’70s

In 1972 I won an award for the best television campaign of the year for a brand of meat pies and donuts.

I was a New Age hippie.

We knew about climate change 50 years ago.

A group of us started a commune on 40 acres north of Melbourne to become self-sufficient and live off the grid.

A year later we’d failed.

I helped launch Animal Liberation here.

Our patron was Peter Singer, who was then Professor of Bioethics at Harvard., and wrote the book ‘Animal Liberation’.

45 years later it’s still active today.

I was the first member of the Permaculture Association.

Which, started by two Tasmanian academics in the late ’70s, today is changing the world

Now there are over one million people certified in Permaculture in over 140 countries with more than 4,000 projects on the ground.

I went bankrupt.

An article I researched and wrote 35 years ago – about the Swiss and Italian gold miners who came to Australia in the 1850s – triggered the launch of a Swiss-Italian Festa which is still running every year today in a local spa resort town.

Their story is in my book here.

I ran a social group called ‘The Springs Whole Health Group’.

We never ran out of guest speakers on healing topics, from ley lines to chemical sensitivity, who I’d enjoy interviewing every month before our next meeting.

Then I would write an article for the local paper which they always published on page 3 or 5.

This while living frugally in an old caravan parked at the end of a street in the spa resort town.

Over 5 years I became known as the man in the van.

I studied many spiritual philosophies.

I studied Religious Experience as an off campus mature age student at Uni –

The Christian Mystics

The Hindu Bhagavad-Gita.

Australian Aboriginal Dreaning.

I practiced Yoga for 50 years from wherever I called home.

Briefly I joined the Theosophical Society in Melbourne, with headquarters in Adyar, India, with the motto ‘There is no religion higher than Truth’.

I met and befriended the Librarian of the Melbourne branch, a Wise Woman, who taught me how and where and why to search for Truth.

What is Truth?

For a time I was married and today have the pleasure of a beautiful family of 2 lovely daughters, 3 adorable granddaughters and 2 mischievous great grandsons.

I’m truly blessed

Visit my 8 fun and entertaining autobiographical books on my Author Page here.

You can find more of my adventures in my autobiographical books.

Namaste.

Neil the Smith (author)

PS. I recommend – ‘Our Thoughts Can Change The World’ (104 pages) and The Great Regency Cover-Up’ (236 pages). Buy both now and pay less P&P.

Take Charge Of Your Own Health & Wellbeing.

I truly believe we are responsible for our own health and wellbeing.

How?

I was in a public hospital ward with a group of other men discussing their prostate problems.

“I’ve heard about alternative methods to defeat prostate problems,” said one indicating that he’d never heard of it until It was too late.

I think it would have been too late for the others too.

I had.

A few years earlier my GP had advised me to have an autopsy.

I knew I had a prostate problem.

I thought, no way.

I declined his offer and decided to educate myself on the issue before agreeing to surgery.

I found a book by a man who had overcome his serious prostate condition with alternative therapies.

I threw myself into six months of all the alternative therapies I knew.

Supplements. Reflexology. Reiki. Aromatherapy. Affirmations. Yoga. Chakra balancing. Diet.

After six months my prostate problems had gone.

To this day it’s not an issue.

I was left feeling so sad for those aged men who believed in what they had been told.

Without questioning it.

Not even thinking there might have been an alternative.

Today I’m experiencing much the same.

A year ago I had a stroke following a Covid vaccination.

I was hit on my right side. Couldn’t move my right arm and leg.

So I couldn’t walk.

Now twelve months later I’m fighting back.

I can use my right arm and I’m learning to walk again.

Now I can go out for coffee with my daughters in their car.

I’m overcoming a stroke which, I’m told, old people just don’t do.

What is my secret.

Make an effort.

Do the exercises.

Use my mind.

Will power.

We all have it.

Using our mind is, hands down, the best alternative therapy.

I’ve learned that alone will keep you young.

From experience.

Stay healthy and keep using your mind.

Even while you’re still young.

Love and Peace.

Neil.

PS Get your own copy of my my world-changing book HERE.

Did You Hear About Australia’s Only Military Coup?

Back in 1807 Sydney Town’s population of 3,000 – of which about two-thirds were convicts and where there were five men to every woman – trembled each time they heard the all too familiar viceregal shouts of “The law, sir! Damn the law! My will is law and woe to the man that dares to disobey it!”

The Irish were enraged when some of their leaders were sentenced to one thousand lashes and others removed from their farms and ruined.

Thus were the seeds sown for Australia’s first military coup involving the sixth Governor of the colony, William Bligh of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame. Another mutiny was in the offing. Read about it in my book ‘Back to the Wall’.

Governor William Bligh’s treatment of the Military Corps, free men who did not expect to be treated as criminals, was arousing widespread resentment among its members. After an incident in which some of his men were ordered to the guard house, Major Johnson was moved to write to Colonel Gordon in London that “Governor Bligh seems ignorant of any instructions or rules, but such as are dictated by the violent passion of the moment.”

In that same dispatch was a letter from Mary Putland, Bligh’s daughter, in which she wrote affectionately that her father (Bligh) was “dreadfully harassed by business and the troublesome set of people he has to deal with” and that “there are a few we suspect wish to oppose him.”

In England there were rumours that Bligh would be recalled. Grimes, the surveyor-general for the colony, after eight months in Van Diemen’s Land, wrote on his arrival in New South Wales on 28 December that “Sydney is hell.”

The unrest in the colony was exacerbated by a scarcity of food and high prices due to heavy rains and disastrous floods which had all but wiped out the newly established market gardens in the Hawkesbury River valley.

Bligh had been alerted to a movement to have John Macarthur go to England “as the Colony’s agent to impugn his government and represent the heavy grievances of the inhabitants” and that, as Ellis states, although Bligh “might feel himself ‘as removable as Ararat,’ he was not the man to be inert when attacked or threatened.”

On 15 December 1807 a warrant was issued for Macarthur’s arrest. His trial began the following day. It was the point of no return in the personal battle of wills that activated the trigger for insurrection.
Believing it to be an illegal warrant, Macarthur failed to appear. To Bligh such mutinous conduct was high treason. Although the bench ruled that Macarthur had merely committed a misdemeanor, at the end of the day he was committed for trial in a criminal court on 25 January.

While the story of how Australia’s first and only military coup came about is significant
Bligh returned to England in 1810 and, for his service, was elevated to the rank of Vice Admiral. He escaped a court marshal but Major Johnson didn’t. He was dismissed from the service in disgrace. He returned to New South Wales and settled on a grant of land.

Macarthur managed to escape prosecution. He also returned to the colony to resume his sheep breeding activities for which he became famous. Today he is recognised as the pioneer of the wool industry that was to boom in Australia in the early 19th century and become a trademark of the nation.

In recognition of his contribution to Australian agriculture, Macarthur was honored by a postage stamp issued on the centenary of his death in 1934 (depicting a merino ram). He also appeared on the first Australian $2 note issued in 1966. His properties Elizabeth Farm and Camden Park Estates are heritage listed.

Best wishes,

Neil

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Did this famous woman secretly married to the Prince of Wales 200 years ago want us to know what happened to their lost illegitimate & legitimate children? I do!

Her name was Maria Fitzherbert and she was last in a line of numerous mistresses of George, Prince of Wales. But then, they were secretly married so was she a legitimate mother of their children?

I can’t believe there were no children, from the mistresses or from Maria, the secret wife of George IV.

So where are they?

What happened to them?

Could they have been sent to the colonies on the convict ships that conveniently sailed to Australia in those times?

Or placed in homes for lost children or on training ships for orphaned kids?

Does she want us to know 200 years later?

And does one of them, an unsung hero who commanded one of the Tall Ships sailing Australian waters in the early 1800s, want to be heard?

Order your copy here to read about my amazing world adventure.

What seemed to be waiting for me was the genealogical research that had struck a snag, a sudden dead end in Oxford, England, 200 years ago.

There was an x who wasn’t the father of y, and a y who wasn’t the son of x.

This was wrong.

Added to this dilemma were three secret messages each with three clues to a mystery that seemed to connect with the genealogical facts.

And there was a granny who turned out to be a ghost.

All of this was waiting for me to figure out.

I’ve written a book about how my life, now homeless, penniless, friendless and jobless, was thrown into this infuriating situation and it was me who was left to solve it.

Was I being sent by some invisible hand across the planet, searching through Regency history, Australian First Fleets of the first convict settlers and a military coup, relations with the Maori of New Zealand, heartwarming stories of true episodes from history, life of the High Seas, unknown heroes, my own romantic episodes in New York, Regency England and Norther Italy, and more?

But shockingly, to the bedrooms of the Prince of Wales, George IV and his mistresses and the Catholic widow he secretly married and, perhaps, legitimate children for whom I have found much hushed up evidence.

I’ve set out that evidence, for illegitimate as well as legitimate children and how the opportunity to send them off to the new colony in the antipodes, with convict settlers, must have been too hard to resist.

To read more or order your copy visit here.

Best wishes

Neil

First Fleets Mystery.

The First Fleet entering Port Jackson (Sydney) January 26, 1788

What untold secrets did they take with them? They sailed from Portsmouth, England, between 1787 and 1791 to an unknown world with a cargo of mainly convicts to start an experiment in self sufficiency in a strange new land on the other side of the planet already inhabited for maybe 80,000 years by the Australian aborigine.

They had nothing except for what they brought with them on sailing ships which, in many cases, were not up to the trip. Nor were many of the passengers. They left behind families and loved ones, for good.

They set out on a long up to 11 month long voyage at sea into the unknown.

They were going for life.

Many died on the voyage.

Only now I have learned of the mystery.

Actually, more than one mystery.

One concerns an all female convict ship the ‘Lady Juliana’.

Another is the ‘Mary Ann’.

Yet another is the ‘Lady Nelson’, not part of the First Fleets arriving in Port Jackson (Sydney) 9 years later.

The biggest mystery of the lot involves the enigmatic Commander of the ‘Lady Nelson’ who took over in an emergency at the age of just 23 or 24.

Who was he, what was his mysterious past and what was his explosive secret?

Was he, I wonder, a legitimate son to Maria Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales, King George IV?

The evidence is all there in my fun and entertaining romantic historical mystery ‘Back to the Wall’.

To buy now CLICK HERE or on Amazon HERE

In the book, full of twists and turns, you can read how the mystery unfolded for me as I chased the clues across three countries as well as here in Australia and New Zealand.

You’ll read of Australia’s only military coup, of confrontations with the Maori Chief Ti-Pahi, of drama on the High Seas with equipment and men washed overboard, lost anchors and torn sails, of convicts who escaped from early settlements to live with the aborigines, of a secret royal wedding, of a King’s physician banished to the colonies for life because of what he knew, of another little-known mutiny against William Bligh of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame and of his return to England to face court marshal, and more.

Then there’s the ghost that started this all off. But that’s another story you’ll read in the book.

“You have discerned an amazing story”, said the Judge of the Reader’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards.

It’s a non-stop adventure with twists and turns from cover to cover.

To buy now CLICK HERE or on Amazon HERE

Best wishes

Neil

You Never Know What You’ll Find In A Ship’s Log

The Lady Nelson (1799)

When you’re a storyteller, you often find all kinds of fabulous human interest stories in sources like a ship’s log previously overlooked by official historians looking for only the bare facts. 

As I learned when I researched the original log books of the ‘Lady Nelson’.

“The logbooks of the Lady Nelson bear witness to the leading part played by one small British ship in the discovery of a great continent,” says author Ida Lee in the introduction to her book which preserves the ship’s original log books. “They show how closely, from the date of her first coming to Sydney in 1800 until her capture by pirates off the island of Baba in 1825, this little brig was identified with the colonisation and development of Australia.”

-Capture by pirates?

-The violent end to ‘The Lady Nelson’ and the discovery of her charred remains.

-The heartwarming story of a crew member falling in love with a New Zealand Maori Chief’s daughter, separated by a well-meaning ship’s captain and their eventual happy reunion.

-Confrontation with the hostile Maori Chief Ti-Pahi.

-Building of the first house to be constructed in New Zealand by the crew of ‘The Lady Nelson’.

-The rescue of an early settlement that failed to find the site where Melbourne was founded 30 years later.

-A vivid account of losses overboard during wild seas where, in 1998, six lives were lost from rather more sophisticated craft in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

-A tense stand-off with the Spanish ship ‘Estramina’ and her subsequent surrender.

-How I uncovered an unsung hero from the days of sailing ships and adventures on the High seas who, at just 24 or 25, took command of ‘The Lady Nelson’.

-The part played by the ship in Australia’s only military coup involving William Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty’  fame – another mutiny if you like.

These are just a few of the many dramatic stories I found in the logs books of the tiny brig HMS ‘Lady Nelson’.

They are only a small part of my bigger story, as Writer’s Digest said, “You have discerned an amazing story” and “the readers will truly love this material.”

This is an easy to read, hard to put down non-fiction book that reads like fiction. Order your copy now and read for yourself these amazing stories within a bigger even more amazing story.

If you enjoy reading real short stories in a bigger true mystery CLICK HERE (publisher) or CLICK HERE (Amazon)

Happy reading

Neil

Reference:The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson’ by Ida Lee, published by Grafton & Co, London, 1915.

 

A book of true stories that’s not a book of true stories

How many books have you read that could claim to fit no less than 10 of Amazon’s 33 book categories?

This one can.

It’s really one big fun true mystery adventure story that contains many smaller stories about real people.

But essentially it’s one big story, as Writer’s Digest* said, “You have discerned an amazing story.”

There’s the story of an unsung hero, a British naval lieutenant who played a major role in the early British settlement of southern Australia and New Zealand, the story of Australia’s only military coup, the heartwarming story of a British sailor who fell in love with a New Zealand Maori Chief’s daughter, the story of my own survival after bankruptcy, my own romantic story living for 6 months in New York with a beautiful school teacher, the discovery that a granny was really a ghost with a message, the story of a ‘Wild White Man’ who lived for 30 years with an aboriginal tribe as their Chief (illustrated above), my story of living with an Italian nurse for 4 months in romantic Italy, and many more.

Again, Writer’s Digest* claimed, “It’s got everything it needs to be a blockbuster, romance, history, the paranormal, and the story of a narrator finding his way in the world. Big stories like this are difficult to tell.”

So ‘Back to the Wall’ is one big important true story while, at the same time, it’s many small cameos of real people living extraordinary personal stories.

In the end it’s a true mystery with a big ending.

To read more visit the Home Page of this website or go to my Author Page to order your copy right now.

Best wishes.

Neil

* Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards.

PS. Order your copy HERE.