Who was Isabella Mary Kelly? Media sensationalism and colourful folklore labelled her a "wanton with a whip" and a "bitter sadistic hell-cat of a woman". Legends of her infamous adventures with convicts and bushrangers were told. With care and attention to detail, Maurie Garland strips back the layers of rumour and misinformation, to reveal the truth about Isabella Mary Kelly, a woman alone in the unforgiving Australian outback ofthe mid-nineteeth century. Hers is a story of a woman ahead of her time, and persecuted for her differences. A story of justice and society in the fledgeling Australian colony. A story of challenge, prejudice, determination and perniciouscrime; dramatic, unimaginable, scandalous - and entirely true.
Maurie Garland moved to the Manning Valley in 1966 and taught there for thirty years. Upon retirement, he was able to pursue his historical interests and became a volunteer in the archives of the Manning Valley Historical Society at Wingham. The Trials of Isabella Kelly is his first book.