Hi! I’m Carly. I’m the hero of this series.
Actually, I’m not really. The real heroes are the historical women I meet on my time-travels. But you get what I mean: I’m the one the series is named after. So I guess that makes me a bit of a hero.
I’m a country girl; I live on a cattle farm in Queensland, in a place you’ve probably never heard of. I go to boarding school in Brisbane, which was quite a culture shock at first. But it was nothing like the shock of going back to the past. My friend Dora and I first went back to the past in Sydney, when we found some old shawls that have mysterious powers. In our first adventure, we went to 1841 and met an amazing woman called Caroline Chisholm (look her up!). Since then, we’ve had loads of adventures.
What I like about time-travelling is the thrill; you never know what’s coming next. What I don’t like about it is wearing corsets and having to do tedious chores like washing clothes by hand. Whoever invented the automatic washing machine was a genius.
Name: Carly Mills
Home town: Apis Creek, Queensland (on a cattle farm.)
Family: Two parents, one younger sister
Appearance: Tall; long, straight, brown hair; blue eyes
Hobbies: Horse riding
Likes: Animals (especially horses and dogs)
Dislikes: Dishonesty, bragging
Best friend: Dora
Personality: Down-to-earth, friendly
If you’ve read the ‘Tommy Bell, Bushranger Boy’ series, you will have already met Carly. She appears in book 7, The Runaway, as the cousin of Tommy’s friend Martin. In this book, Martin takes Tommy and their friend Francis to Carly’s family farm at Apis Creek. Tommy’s a time-traveller like Carly, but his adventures take him face-to-face with bushrangers. Carly’s home town, Apis Creek, used to be real bushranging country. Tommy and his friends meet the dangerous criminal Frank Gardiner there.