U.S. interest in Australian beginnings

In my book “John Pond of Oaks,” I outline, through a fictional character, some of the difficulties facing the establishment and growth of free settlement in Australia. Although along the lines of American history, it varies enough to be interesting and substantially enough to be different. What I would dearly love to find out is if some American book worm thinks similarly; or, if not, where would the difference be. Nev Ollis