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RUNNING THE MARATHON
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RUNNING THE MARATHON WITH CANCER
FAREWELL TO OLD ENGLAND FOREVER
A GUIDE TO
RUNNING YOUR FIRST
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'.
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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.
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 Richard, CANBERRA
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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 three books exploring nineteenth-century emigration processes, experiences and stories with an emphasis on the stories as told by emigrants. His latest book (Farewell to Old England Forever) is a comprehensive study of the complete story of nineteenth century emigration.
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.
Leica IE c.1938
Kodak Brownie 6 Folding c.1937
Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior c. 1934
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'Running the Marathon with Cancer'
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Guide to Running Your First Marathon
Copies are now available from bookshops or from author (this website) at special price of $8.00 delivered.
New Book - Death Ships
Have just signed a contract with Shawline Publishing group to publish my manuscript entitled Death Ships. Hopefully it will be available early in the new year. 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.
Have been researching for some months the work of colonial artist S.T. Gill and started writing mid 2020 about his contribution to our understanding of 19th C. Australia through his art. The manuscript is well advanced. After a bit more research it could be ready for my editor to examine it. I have collected over 100 images for inclusion in the book as examples of Gill's contribution to our understanding of colonial Australia.
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