Friday, March 18, 2016


Wildflower The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story can be purchased direct from the Author [signed if you wish] for just 29.50 pounds. Delivery is about 8 days from Australia to you postage free. OFFER STARTS  19/2/2017----- Buying direct from the Author is no different than buying from Amazon UK except that it is about 15 pounds difference in price.Delivery is the same time length as Amazon as all Amazon orders are filled from Australia.
Please contact the Author [Raymond J Warren] on

Tuesday, April 7, 2015



From  Feb through to the end of December 2017 is anniversary for the third edition of "Wildflower" The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story and is a special offer to all overseas buyers, the book has been reduced in price until December 31st  2016. Purchase can be made on the Paperback at £29.50 UK pounds with no postage and handling. Hard cover not available.  Cost differs in Australia and New Zealand.
Delivery is about 8 days from payment of order [payment will be made via PayPal], a PayPal invoice will be sent to buyer once order is received. Please order now by email at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Wildflower"The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story                          
This book is now available at just 29.50 UK pounds plus postage and handling in the paperback and will be delivered to your door worldwide please place your order direct with the Author on This offer is only available until April 30th 2015

Friday, March 7, 2014



The latest publication written by the Author of "Wildflower" The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story is now ready for publication. The book "Arabella" is almost a reversal of the Thompson story with the heroine being of Australian aborigine and Afghan extract.

Raymond J Warren
The true story of a baby born of an aboriginal mother and an Afghan shepherd during the latter half of the 19th century. A black baby taken in by a white farmer and his barren wife after the massacre of her tribe and family. Dearly loved by her foster parents who raised her in the style of the wealthy Europeans of the era, she was sent off to school in England where nothing could have been better until dramatic events changed her life forever.

This true story had its origins in a small town book that gave descriptions of European settlement and the clash of stone age and iron age cultures in Australia; one that dealt with the day to day altercations of two opposing peoples, although this work is a fiction based on fact. it describes the events that took place at the turn of the 19th century.

Many areas worldwide were to feel the terror and horror of man's inhumanity against man but none worse than that forced from birth unto death upon the stylish and aristocratic Arabella. 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


The true story of the shipwreck and stranding of Barbara Thompson [nee Crawford] can be found in the book "Wildflower" The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story. 

The differences between what has been known about this drama for the past 160 years and what has been uncovered by the Author are dramatic almost to the point of being unbelievable.

Her story had been covered up by all concerned after her rescue in October 1849 and this new book has managed to draw out all hidden material on how she became stranded with wild head hunters and on her life from birth to death. The book "Wildflower' The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story is now recognized as the Authority on her life and is being used in university lectures.

This book is enthralling to say the least and will take the reader into the 19th century so well, that one will find it hard to mentally come out from within that period. The book also carries the convict system for Queensland [then known as Northern New South Wales] and the fighting that ensued from white settlement on native lands.

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Foreword by Anna Bligh [Premier of Queensland]


Friday, October 26, 2012


It was woe to the woman or girl who became shipwrecked and cast away with natives during the Victorian era. So it was for Barbara Crawford Thompson who was stranded in the Torres Strait in 1844 at age 13 years. Barbara had been taken from her home in Sydney an March 1843 and for over 160 years, the story of how she got there and how she survived alone with headhunters for five long years is now uncovered in the book "Wildflower" The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story
Wildflower: The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story Her story has long been a history mystery that has puzzled historians, researchers and the general public since Barbara was rescued in October 1849 .Now the true story can be told and the truth is definitely stranger than any fiction.
The book can be purchased direct from the Author by email and PayPal or by buying through Amazon UK.
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Monday, September 17, 2012


There are several tales of shipwreck and castaways that have been recorded and/or handed down throughout history but none are mere dramatic or mysterious than that of the twelve-year-old Scottish lass Barbara Crawford [or Barbara Thompson] who was shipwrecked in the dangerous head hunting waters of the Torres Strait, just to the north of Australia.

Wildflower: The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story
Barbara told her rescuers some years later that a local tribe from Murralahg Island had adopted her and she had managed to survive when all was stacked against her. She also told them that she was 16 years old when she eloped with a man named William Thompson.

This information has been dis-proven and her "history mystery" completely unraveled, revealing a story that no fiction writer would be game to submit.

Just 12 years old when stolen away from her Sydney home by a convict from Brisbane, she survived the bush and sea travel her captor forced upon her before she, as a thirteen-year-old was trapped alone with tribal head hunters for 5 long years. 

The 264 page final edition of her story [25 years in the writing] was released on April 16th 2012 and will enthrall readers of history or novels in that her experiences surely show that fact can be much stranger than fiction.  
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