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Inhaltsangabe: "In 1839, Hampshire yeoman John Hewett died prematurely and left his wife and eight children to manage on their own. Times were tough, and after their landlord put their farm up for sale, Jane Hewett emigrated to Australia with all her children in 1850. Graeme Davison traces the lives of two generations of the Hewett family, setting them in their historical context in both the UK and Australia. With scant family records, he draws on the full array of public records available in both the UK and Australia, showing as he works how a master historian weighs the evidence and pulls the story together. Throughout he reflects on the meaning of family history, but with a light touch that doesn't get in the way of the story. Through the Hewett family, he paints a picture of colonial Australia: migration of free settlers taking over from the convict period, the work available to men and to women, the gold rush, the rise of the railways, growth of farming. The rise and fall of family fortunes reflects the turbulent growth of the colonies during this period. He writes, 'I did not look for skeletons in my family's cupboard, but once the cupboard was open, they simply fell out.'"

Inhaltsangabe: 'I did not look for skeletons in my family's cupboard, but once the cupboard was open, they simply fell out.'..A widow and her eight older children are uprooted from their Hampshire farm in 1850, and thrown together on an emigrant ship with 38 distressed needlewomen from London. How they came to be on the boat, and what happened on the high seas and afterwards in Australia, is a vivid tale of family ambitions and fears, successes and catastrophes...In Lost Relations, historian Graeme Davison follows in his family's footsteps, from the picture-postcard village of Newnham to a prison cell in Maitland, from a London slum to a miner's tent in Castlemaine. He takes us back into worlds now largely forgotten, of water-powered mills, free selectors and Methodist evangelists. The Hewetts were not famous or distinguished, but their story reveals much about the foundations of Australia...'a quiet masterpiece' - Janet McCalman, University of Melbourne..'How to produce a good family history? Get a master historian to write about his own. History and family history are combined in this fascinating book' - John Hirst, La Trobe University

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Verlag: Allen & Unwin Atlantic Books Nov 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 1743319460 ISBN 13: 9781743319468
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Buchbeschreibung Allen & Unwin Atlantic Books Nov 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 234x153x19 mm. Neuware - Historian Graeme Davison was never interested in family history. But when he discovered in his grandfather's notebook an account of the family's arrival in Melbourne in 1850 on the infamous ship Culloden, his interest was piqued. 260 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781743319468

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