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RUNNING THE MARATHON WITH CANCER
A GUIDE TO
RUNNING YOUR FIRST
FAREWELL TO OLD ENGLAND FOREVER
FROM THE WARS
OF THE ROSES TO COLONIAL VICTORIA
A CHURCH WITH
The Stag Diary
'Includes an important transcript of Francis Taylor's diary from his passage on the Stag in 1850 to South Australia. One of very few diaries written by steerage class passengers travelling to the Australian colonies in the nineteenth century. The book sets the scene with details of life on sailing ship, details of the vessels and conditions in SA in 1850'.
Farewell to Old
It was fascinating to read about the motives that prompted people to leave their homeland and travel such a vast distance, enduring extreme hardship only to land in what must have been a totally alien environment.
BAWLEY POINT NSW
Running the Marathon
A great story of courage, hope and joy, which is told with brutal honesty at times but with passion and positive belief. Compulsive reading for all runners and those who love a story of how self belief can overcome just about everything.
By Richard, CANBERRA
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEW
“A work of veritable integrity and valued history that needed to be recorded concisely and honestly. A great piece of work…”
Great review in the Canberra Weekly by Jeff Popple on 21 October 2021.
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Farewell to Old
I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It was well-written, well-researched, has pristine formatting and editing, and contains beautiful illustrations/photos/painting. This book is of high quality! I highly recommend it to readers who would like to feed their knowledge of the fascinating history of the Australian emigration.
By Shey Saints,
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Running the Marathon with Cancer
Another 5 Star Review
Out of five, this incredible book merits a perfect rating for its original, simple and amazing presentation. I recommend it to cancer patients as bibliotherapy. Other readers of inspirational books will also find this book a great source of encouragement. Through reading about Doug's hope, perseverance and optimism, and eventual resolve to become a marathoner again, readers will be encouraged to always fight on despite the odds that are against them in life.
I think most people view 19th-century emigration to Australia as a tale of criminals sent to the end of the earth, but it’s much more interesting than that. This lushly researched book conveys the full story, from the reasons why people resettled, the means, the vessels, and finally the extraordinary 13,000-mile voyage itself. For passengers it could be a nightmare of disease, seasickness, stench, and death, and for the crew, geographic disorientation, gales, icebergs – and, on approaching Australia, reefs where hundreds of ships foundered. This is a great work. It put me right there.
Robert Delft - posted on Amazon June 9, 2022.
More great reviews in The Canberra Times and the Bendigo Adveriser on Saturday 20 November 2021.
I recommend it to lovers of History... This excellent text merits the maximum rating of five out of five stars.
Hellen Huini, 26 December 2021.
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At the wheel of the S S Great Britain in Bristol, one of the vessels featured in my book: Farewell to Old England Forever.
Doug Limbrick is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra. He has for many years worked in the area of social policy and has had many journal articles, monographs and reports published on various social issues. He has a deep personal interest in nineteenth century Australian history, particularly the story of those people who emigrated from the United Kingdom and the vessels they sailed in to reach the Australian colonies. In his writing he has combined his expertise in social issues with his work on exploring the circumstances of people who sought a better life in the colonies in the nineteenth century. As a consequence he has spent much time searching for and examining the stories of those who emigrated, seeking to understand their experiences, the reasons for their decision to emigrate, the difficulties they faced, the outcome of their passage and the vessels that carried them to the Australian colonies.
As a result he has written several books exploring nineteenth-century emigration issues, processes, experiences and stories with an emphasis on the stories as told by emigrants. His book (Farewell to Old England Forever) is a comprehensive study of the complete story of nineteenth century emigration. His latest book Death Ships is a sad story about some 5000 emigrants who departed for the colonies in six big ships seeking a better life.
Doug is also a keen runner and has been involved in running activities including club administration for many years. He has completed 26 marathons and some 60 half marathons and has also competed in many cross country and mountain running events for the past 30 years. His Guide to Running Your First Marathon draws directly on his personal experience. The book Running the Marathon with Cancer is a personal story that combines his passion for running with dealing with rectal cancer. While not writing or running Doug is a very keen photographer and also an enthusiastic collector of vintage cameras. As a historian vintage cameras offer for him a sense of time.
Kodak Brownie 6 Folding c.1937
Leica IE c.1938
Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior c. 1934
Doug at work in the study
'Running the Marathon with Cancer'
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Guide to Running Your First Marathon
Latest edition is now available from bookshops, some running shops or from the author (this website) at special price of $8.00 delivered.
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My Current Projects
I spend many months researching the work and life of colonial artist S.T. Gill and as a result started writing in 2021 about his contribution to our understanding of 19th C. Australia through his art. The manuscript was completed early this year, then went to an editor. The editor made some very positive comments about the story (a very readable, interesting and carefully researched historical art–biography. I found it fascinating, with all the historical background, and I think it will be a magical read with all the images in it.) I have collected over 130 images for inclusion in the book as examples of Gill's contribution to our understanding of colonial Australia. I recently signed a contract with a publisher and the book should be available early in 2023.
Have undertaken a considerable amount of research into Irish orphan emigration to the colonies during the Irish famine. There are some sad stories about famine, workhouses, children and emigration but there is also a good story about 4000 girls that were assisted to emigrate to the Australian colonies. I have a manuscript which will soon be ready to go to my editor.
My latest book Death Ships released on 16 July 2021 has been nominated for two awards
Latest Book - Death Ships
This book tells the story of a sad chapter in emigration history that occurred as a result of the discovery of gold in 1851. The gold rush led to an enormous demand for labour to replace those that had gone to find their fortune. Many more emigrants were urgently needed. The normal emigrant ships were not available but 6 very large clipper ships built in North America were. This is the story of what happened when they were commissioned to transport large numbers of emigrants to Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The Shackamaxon (see image below) is one of the ships featured in the story. The other five ships are the Bourneuf, Wanata, Marco Polo, Ticonderoga and Beejapore.
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“A work of veritable integrity and valued history that needed to be recorded concisely and honestly. A great piece of work…” Richard, Indiebook Reviewer.
Since this review I am pleased to say there have been many more.