One Minute Book Review – Australia’s Birthstain : The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era by Babette Smith

This book deals with Australia‚Äôs convict beginnings and the attempt, in the century following the ending of transportation, by both families and society, to cover up the past. Smith focuses on the convicts of six ships who are representative of the range of convict experiences and traces their lives from their conviction to freedom. Their … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Australia’s Birthstain : The Startling Legacy of the Convict Era by Babette Smith

Hobart 1879

Not strictly speaking a photograph but definitely almost photographic in its detail. This pictorial map of Hobart in 1879 by A.C. Cooke is an invaluable resource for researchers and writers. It gives an idea of the life of Hobart at the time - buildings that no longer exist such as the Campbell Street Gaol, unpopulated … Continue reading Hobart 1879

Historical Fiction

The depiction of history for entertainment, whether through fiction or film, is always a balancing act. Some use historical events and people merely as a starting point for what is essentially a fictional entertainment. Others prefer historical fiction to keep closely to the facts. Duncan Leatherdale discusses these differing attitudes in an article, 'How acceptable … Continue reading Historical Fiction

One Minute Book Review – Wedlock by Wendy Moore

A compelling non-fiction read which traces the marital fortunes of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Lady Strathmore (a forebear of the late Queen Mother). The book details her marriages, and her separation and ultimate divorce from the charismatic and viciously cruel Andrew Stoney as well as the nail biting tale of her abduction and escape. The book … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Wedlock by Wendy Moore