So what did I do today? Nothing major on the book - we were out most of the day. I did do a bit of research tonight though and have narrowed the time setting of the book down to about 30 years. Now to do some further reading of the papers in those years and see if there is any event I could use to pinpoint it further.
Still musing over whether or not I need a bad guy? All of my conflict seems to be internal or just circumstance like being poor & uneducated.
Just found an interesting website - http://austcemindex.com/. It's a listing of Australian cemeteries, listing of names & photos of the graves.. That's the trouble with research - it can pull you down all sorts of labyrinths and keep you there forever :)