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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 aim is to pursue ideas through research with a view to creating another book.

Colonial Artist S.T. Gill

Next Book:

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 should be available in around April this year.

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.
Your Ideas for a Book
My main focus is nineteenth-century Australia, people places and events. If you have thought about a topic that I should write about send me an email (
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Starving people trying to get into a workhouse

The Irish Famine

My Current Project

Currently Writing:

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 girls that were assisted to emigrate to the Australian colonies. I have an almost complete manuscript which will soon go to my editor.

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