Hello, I’m not a web designer, I just like writing books. I am very interested in history; it is people who make history and I have written two books of migrant stories. Tasmania can count many thousands of migrants who have settled over the years. (Weren't we all migrants once?)
2005 - Tasmania was short of workers and the government sent agents to Europe to encourage people to migrate to our state. During the post-war years, the Hydro Electric Commission of Tasmania desperately needed workers for their mighty construction schemes. From 1947 onwards, new and old Australians converged on the central highlands villages of Butlers Gorge, Bronte Park. Tarraleah, Wayatinah and Waddamana.
2010 - Encouraged by the demand for migrant stories my second book, Tasmania – an island far away, is now for sale. Read more about the book on this site – some stories are the result of amazing detective work. The characters who have been included in this new book regard themselves as true Tasmanians.These are powerful stories that define Tasmanian migrants. People from nine nationalities are represented in this second book. Many endured appalling trials to call Tasmania home and this records their place in Tasmanian history.
2012 - My latest book is called, Echoes from the Wild West Coast of Tasmania.These are collections of Frederick George Copeland that were dictated to his wife, Ella in 1935 about one year before he died. The family called them Pa's Yarns which were resurrected for the Queenstown centenary of the Church of Englend in Queenstown in 1998. From these stories, and with the co-operation of the family, they have been rewritten, grounded in 19th century research and complemented with excellent photographs. This is an authentic and fascinating look at life on the West Coast of Tasmania during this time, 1894 - 1901. On sale now.
The author gratefully acknowledges Hydro, Tasmania, Arts Tasmania and Mr George Otlowski for their assistance in the publication of the first two books.
In addition, the Copeland family and Tasmanian Archives for many of the photographs in book three.
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