The Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia's Golden Age
Through the lives of two generations of his forebears, one of Australia's most respected historians tells the story of English free settlers arriving in the mid-19th century: the miners, millers, storekeepers, free selectors and railwaymen who built the Australia we know today.
Historian Graeme Davison was never interested in family history. But when he discovered in his grandfather's notebook an account of the family's arrival in Melbourne in 1850 on the infamous ship Culloden, his interest was piqued. He uncovers a largely forgotten world of free selectors, water-powered mills and Methodist evangelists that became the backbone of the Australia we know today.
Winner of Victorian Community and Local History Award 2015.
'a quiet masterpiece' - Janet McCalman, University of Melbourne. 'How to produce a good family history? Get a master historian to write about his own. History and family history are combined in this fascinating book' - John Hirst, LaTrobe University
Graeme Davison AO is Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University, and author of The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne and Car Wars, and an editor of the Oxford Companion to Australian History.
Introduction: The great-aunt's story..1. Hook Farm..2. London..3. The voyage of the Culloden..4. Five weddings and a funeral..5. Wesley Hill..6. The Millers' tale..7. Campbell's Creek..8. Williamstown..9. Richmond Hill..Conclusion: Legacies and life chances..Acknowledgements..Notes..Index