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White butterflies

After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran was forced to flee his homeland on foot, across the steep Patkoi Mountain Ranges, to safety in India. Over a three-month period, Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others who died, battled the annual monsoon rains, starvation, disease and exhaustion, in an attempt to cover the 500-kilometre journey across the border. This autobiography recalls McPhedran's pre-war childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family, the Japanese invasion and his extraordinary trek to freedom. This new edition seeks to answer key questions asked by those readers who wrote in their hundreds to Colin, who passed away in 2010, asking 'What happened afterwards?' It also reveals new information about the man who found and rescued Colin when he was at death's door on the jungle refugee trail to India.

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Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
32320004363432 B MCP
Adult Non Fiction   East Maitland library . . On Loan . 7 Feb 2020
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ISBN 9781742235387 (pbk.)
Classification Number B MCP
Author McPhedran, Colin
Title White butterflies [BK]
Physical Description illustrations, maps, portraits ;
Note 2017 foreword by Ian McPhedran.
2017 afterword by Verona Burgess.
Contents Part I: The Trek -- 1. The Beginning, or Was It the End? -- 2. Maymyo -- 3. To Myitkyina -- 4. At the Airstrip -- 5. The Walk Begins -- 6. The Last Outpost -- 7. To the Patkoi Range -- 8. Monsoon -- 9. The Naga Village -- 10. Looking Back -- 11. Moving On -- 12. White Butterflies -- Part II. Mother India -- 13. Hospital -- 14. Calcutta -- 15. Getting Away -- 16. Bangalore -- 17. Family Life -- 18. Growing Pains -- 19. A Fresh Start -- 20. School Days -- 21. War Is Over -- 22. White Flowers -- 23. Out of India -- Part III. East to West -- 24. Father's Land -- 25. My Father's Other Life -- 26. Bound for Botany Bay -- 27. Australia -- 28. Another Hill Station.
After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941, 11-year-old Colin McPhedran was forced to flee his homeland on foot, across the steep Patkoi Mountain Ranges, to safety in India. Over a three-month period, Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others who died, battled the annual monsoon rains, starvation, disease and exhaustion, in an attempt to cover the 500-kilometre journey across the border. This autobiography recalls McPhedran's pre-war childhood as part of a large Anglo-Burmese family, the Japanese invasion and his extraordinary trek to freedom. This new edition seeks to answer key questions asked by those readers who wrote in their hundreds to Colin, who passed away in 2010, asking 'What happened afterwards?' It also reveals new information about the man who found and rescued Colin when he was at death's door on the jungle refugee trail to India.
McPhedran, Colin
Subject Refugees -- Australia -- Biography
Refugees -- India -- Biography
Refugees -- Burma -- Biography
Burma -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945
Additional Author McPhedran, Ian, 1957-
Burgess, Verona
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