Back to Billabong sees the Lintons and Wally Meadows return to Australia after World War I ends.
Trapped in London for two years as governess and servant under her nasty step-mother, petite and gentle 19-year-old Cecilia (‘Tommy’) Rainham longs for the day the War will finish and her brother, Bob, will be home from the Royal Air Force to rescue her.
Fortune smiles on them and a much-loved aunt’s inheritance allows them to set sail for Australia, narrowly escaping the clutches of the step-mother. Coincidentally, on the same troopship, the Linton family are making their return after five years away.
Strong bonds of friendship form, and ‘Billabong’ becomes a haven for the Rainhams while they learn the ropes of station management and plan their future home.
All seems rosy, until the skies blacken and a sudden bushfire all but destroys their new life. Undaunted, they pick up the pieces, and with ‘Billabong’ behind them and help from willing hands, begin all over again.
The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust owns the extant copyrights to this story.
First Published in: 1921
First Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Limited
Places First Published: London and Melbourne