Book Launch

The First Pilot book launch was held at the Pilot Station, Dunbogan, Mid NSW Coast on 15th April 2021 at 2pm.

Pilot Station Cottage and Boatshed ( rear)

The event was part of the Port Macquarie Bi-Centennial celebrations from the 10th to 18th April.

The Camden Haven Community College who manages the Pilot Stationhosted the event.

Our launch programme included:

-An inaugural launch at the Pilot Station on the headland at Dunbogan near Laurieton  on Wednesday 14th 2021 at 10.30am.

-An author talk at the Port Macquarie Library on Thursday 15th April at 2.00pm.

-2021 An interview with Cameron Marshall ABC Port Macquarie 2021.

An interview with local media and ABC radio Port Macquarie with Cameron Marshall on Thursday 15th April prior to the launch see web site ABC:

See our previous interview with Michael Spooner ABC Port Macquarie in 2015.

2015: An interview with Michael Spooner ABC Port Macquarie

Michael did an interview on both The Way of a Thousand Arrows and the First Pilot ( which was in pre-launch draft).

michale spooner
Interview with Michael Spooner ABC Radio, Port Macquarie, February 11, 2015.

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About the book

Award winning Australian Writer Jonathan Drane depicts the history of a Pilot Station on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. The station is a remnant of the light house and pilot era of Australian maritime navigation and stands on a headland facing the Pacific Ocean. It holds a position on the coastline which has seen tragic death and accidental ship wrecks over the centuries. It also holds a mystery in the unexplained death of Frances Williams the wife of the first pilot-boatman who was buried in a shallow sand grave on the grounds of the Pilot Station at the age of 27 leaving three children behind to Isaac her husband. In the unfolding of her tragic story, the dramatic history of the valley and the remnants of the indigenous people‚Äôs place in the valley also becomes evident along with the footprint of their life and time which is imprinted in the land upon which the station sits.

About The Author

Jonathan is a recognised award winning author in the non-fiction and historical genre winning an award for his first book on the Camino de Santiago (The Way of a Thousand Arrows) in 2007 with the NSW Writers Centre.

He obtained a doctoral thesis and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award which was completed in 2015. It focused on regional city growth dynamics and development. His writing and research focus is in social research, historical analysis and auto-ethnographic reflection (the study of your own culture or tribe).

The First Pilot is his first historical novel based on a local community story and draws on social research with an historical an archaeological analysis elucidated by a creative interpretation.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events

Dr Jonathan Drane