A modern day, outback Australian real-life Whodunnit.
Accused of a crime he did not commit, it appeared as if the system was manipulated to point the finger at Graeme and away from other suspects.
The case went to committal and the real perpetrators stood back regardless of the fact that this accusation had the potential to incarcerate Graeme for years.
Two mobs of high profile cattle were planted on our property. They came from paddocks on the main road close to the Cungelella homestead. Neighbours under the protection of the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad, overran our property causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Little effort appeared to be made to look for evidence of how the cattle came to be on Albeni. Graeme had neither the motive, opportunity or the means to get them to where they were found.
However, they did not get there unassisted.
Despite Australia’s pride in its democratic society, the assumption that an individual is innocent until proven guilty was not extended to my husband.
It appeared that every man and his dog were invited to give their interpretation, however we were not given that same courtesy.
This is our story.
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
Susan McDonald was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, eldest daughter of Don and Jessie Fowler. With her parents and sister Jillian, she emigrated to Australia in 1971. After completing her schooling in Lithgow, NSW she moved on to the Guild Teachers College, Sydney where she completed her teacher training. Marrying Graeme McDonald, shortly after completing her studies, they worked hard to acquire their dream of an outback cattle station. Their family became complete with the addition of four sons and a daughter. Susan taught all the children through their primary years, while feeding station staff and helping with the running of the business. Helped Establish the Capricornia School of Distance Education As the distance education model de-centralized, she put time into the establishment of the Capricornia School of Distance Education. Actively involved in the isolated Children’s Parents Association, she also did a stint as State Councillor. In her spare time, which does not occur very often she loves photography, patchwork, sewing, reading and walking her dogs. Family and true friends are her life, and combined with her faith, she is grateful for the strength they have given her over her life so far.