Title: In Search of Breaker Morant – Balladist and Bushveldt Carbineer
Author: Carnegie, Margaret and Shield, Frank
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1979
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 227 pages
Comments: The authors claim that this is not a work of historical imagination Carnegie has researched the Morant story with impartiality and with a thoroughness unequalled by others who have sought to tell the story of The Breaker.
Harry ‘Breaker’ Harbord Morant (9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, poet, soldier and convicted war criminal whose skill with horses earned him the nickname “The Breaker”. The bulk of his published work appeared in The Bulletin magazine.
During service in the Second Boer War, Morant participated in the summary execution of several Boer (Afrikaner) prisoners and the killing of a German missionary, Daniel Heese, who had been a witness to the shootings. His actions led to his controversial court-martial and execution for murder.
In the century since his death, Morant has become a folk hero to some in Australia. His story has been the subject of several books, a stage play, and a major Australian feature film.