Sara Powter

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Avoca Beach New South Wales
Known forHistorical fiction novel Hands upon the Anvil
  • Norman (father)
  • Sheila Hunter (mother)

Sara Genevieve Wallace Powter (nee Hunter) (1959) is an Australian author known for her Historical fiction novel Hands upon the anvil and for her leadership in the movement to "Bring Back Old Sydney Town".

Early Life

Sara was born in Avoca Beach, New South Wales to parents Norman and Sheila Hunter.


Little is known about Sara Powter's early career. Her first movements into publishing were as an editor of the novels written by her mother, Sheila Hunter: Mattie, Ricky, Heather to the Hawkesbury, and Reef Holiday.[1] The author's website refers to her retirement. [2]

Sara Powter has written three novels in the Lockley's of Parramatta series, published through Pacific Wanderland Publications

The series' book covers feature artwork by Australian painter Joseph Lycett

Hands Upon the Anvil

An Historical fiction novel set in the 1830s Colonial Australia, the novel follows the family of Charles Lockley, an early settler. The novel follows his struggle to provide for his family, including his sons Charlie and Eddie. Charles is rewarded for quelling a mutiny on a convict ship by being given a ticket of leave, which he uses to gain further opportunity in Parramatta. However, the main character of the novel is soon revealed to be Eddie, Charles' second son, who trains as a blacksmith.

Out where the Brolgas Dance

Due for release 20 April 2021

Diamonds in the dirt

Due for release 24 June 2021


  1. "Sheila Hunter". Australian Authors Marketplace. Retrieved 2021-01-26.
  2. "Sara Powter Author - About the Author". Retrieved 2021-01-26.

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