I love historical fiction. I love reading it and I love writing it. But sometimes – it is frustrating. Even though it is fiction, I am determined to be as historically accurate as possible – including the right colloquial language. I just spent and hour trying to establish without doubt […]
In 2013, I completed the Diploma in Family Historical Studies through the Society of Australian Genealogists. We were required to write a thesis on around 30,000 words on a topic that would be valuable for genealogy. Our own family was a suitable topic. For several reasons, I chose my father’s […]
I thought that I might, from time to time, post parts of my current work-in-progress. I haven’t named it yet – and I’m open to suggestions. In 1883, a young couple immigrated from England to Australia following a hasty marriage. Within weeks their first child was born. They were both only […]
As a History teacher, I always tried to instill in my students that, although history facts remain the same, it is always possible that new facts can be uncovered that can change the interpretation of past events. Or, just as likely, a historian may look at the facts and put […]
I’m no fan of war: it is destructive and causes pain and anguish. But sometimes, it is necessary. And always, we must remember those who gave their lives in the pursuit of justice. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns stopped. […]
One of my ancestors was a young Irish girl called Ellen McCarthy. She was also know as Eleanor McCarthy and, in her Old Bailey Trial, Ellen M’Carty. She was transported for seven years – not for the legendary stealing of a loaf of bread, but for kidnapping. A copy of […]
I have been asked a few times why, since I love history and research so much, I don’t just write the facts. Facts are interesting. Why not just tell it like it is? To me, however, the facts are created by other elements – elements that are often ignored or […]
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