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Projects and Research

This section lists the projects that I am currently working on and any research activity which I am undertaking as part of my writing. My approach is to pursue ideas through research with a view to creating another book.

Colonial Artist S.T. Gill

Next Book Out September:

I spend many months researching the work and life of colonial artist Samuel Thomas 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 last 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 signed a contract with a publisher late last year and the book will be released in September this year.

Stay tuned former detail on release date and for detail of a launch. Happy to take pre-release orders (probably about $25.00 a copy).   

A watercolour by S.T. Gill painted in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. This is one of the 130 images that I have selected for the book. Gill was the first European artist to paint the Flinders Ranges. This painting was made by Gill as part of the tragic Horrocks' Expedition in 1846 looking for new grazing land in the north west of South Australia. The story of the expedition is contained in a chapter in the book.  
Your Ideas for a Book
My main focus is nineteenth-century Australia, people places and events. If you have thoughts about a topic that I should write about send me an email (
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Starving people trying to get into a workhouse during the Irish famine.

The Irish Famine

My Current Project

I 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 teenage girls that were assisted to emigrate to the Australian colonies. I recently completed the manuscript and it has now been to my editor. The next step is to have it published.

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