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A Rich Tapestry: John Turville and his Australian Descendants


The book concentrates on John Turville of Melton Mowbray amd his Australian descendants. He arrived in Adelaide at the end of 1854, marrying in Castlemaine in 1856 and living at the Moonlight Flat diggings.. Other cousins migrated in the 1800’s and they formed other branches in Victoria and NSW.

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A Successful Failure


“A Successful Failure” tells of the Aboriginal Protectorate System in Colonial Victoria during the period 1883 to 1952. The system was designed to be a buffer between the original inhabitants and the influx of white squatters.

As if it were Yesterday


More than a book of memories, this collection of moments by 33 resident members of U3A Castlemaine is a valuable social history of the last 70 years. These stories left out of official accounts of segments of history, remembered as if they were yesterday.

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Castlemaine Primary School No 119 – 150 Years


Castlemaine Primary School No 119 – 150 Years, 1855 – 2005. The reaching of the 150th anniversary of a school indicates a massive journey full of many riches, sadness, diversions of interest, an extensive range of talented people (both students and teachers) and many an anecdote to trigger a fond memory or a belly aching laugh.

From Antarctica to the Gold Rush – in the wake of the Erebus


Commander Alexander Smith RN, served his country with fearless resolution for 17 years on the quarterdeck, encountering many adventures on the high seas – an intrepid voyager in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Under the command of Captain James Clark Ross, he became a heroic polar explorer in the north Atlantic and was chosen for the epic 1839-1843 British Antarctic Expedition aboard the Erebus in the pivotal rank of First Mate.

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Maldon – A New History 1853 – 1928


The narrative themes brought together in this history of Maldon are based on research conducted by the author for an MA thesis completed in 1997. The original subject matter has been broadened and the theme reworked with a view to providing a general introduction to Maldon’s social and economic history. Further research has since been undertaken, so that ideas pursued for the original thesis sometimes differ in detail, emphasis or even interpretation in the present account.

Records of the Castlemaine Pioneers


Every chapter in this book is a true and colourful picture of the uproarious days when Australia was like a great golden magnet. It consists of the recollections of pioneers on the central goldfields of Victoria, assembled from the 1880s onwards.