Dunedin 1850s

It is 1858 in the colony of New Zealand. The slums of Dunedin are a sore point. Then gold is discovered in provincial Central Otago.

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A newborn is found half-dead on the road. Named Billie, she finds acceptance in the notorious back streets. At six years old, she is faced with making her own way a world of pubs and prostitutes, commerce and chance.

Why is the elegant gentleman so set on her?

This exciting saga twists and turns through some of New Zealand’s historical events, with staunch pioneer characters strongly evoking the gold fever days. From muddy city streets to wild-west shootouts, Southern Gold is a story of courage, survival and enduring love.

'Billie captures your heart. Her cunning intelligence makes her the best young protagonist in a long while.

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Dunedin 1890s

The continuing story of woman ahead of her time, still rocking the boat and boldly challenging society's expectations.

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Billie is now a wealthy woman. She is in the thick of the 1890s action: suffrage, workers’ rights and Lebanese immigrants. With her fashion empire, large family and social missions, the sky seems to be the limit.

And then it all starts to go wrong. Will Billie be able to recover her equilibrium this time?

Against a background of New Zealand's social and political developments, Threads of Gold  weaves an intricate cloth of hope and passion. And the strongest thread of all, is the power of  love.

'Once again, Jude Thomas digs the dirt on events we didn't learn in history class. Billie is still wild and magnificent!'

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