Where the Wattle Blooms encompasses four generations of a Queensland family. A quick fortune from the Gympie gold mines eludes Hugh Cramer when he arrives from Ireland in 1880 but he discovers greater riches in the opportunities of this vital and challenging country and great joy in his choice of a life partner.
Narrated by Matt Cramer, grandson of Hugh Cramer and father of Sam, the story follows the sorrows, joys, triumphs and tragedies of the Cramer clan and carries the reader from Matt’s early days growing up before World War 2. Then enlisting in the army he fought in the jungles of New Guinea. After the war Matt joins the family import/export business. Business opportunities take him to Japan and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The story ends with Sam Cramer's marriage in the early 1970s.
This book is an Australian family history set in an interesting period in Australia during and after world war two. The book has a deep understanding of local politics and country life. The family business seeks to expand the business ventures overseas to Japan and the United States. The book has a very sweet wartime romance between
the main character Matt and an American wartime nurse Anne.