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Prison Hulk to Redemption: A History of a Catholic Family Part One 1788-1900 Second Edition

In this first book of the series, A HISTORY OF A CATHOLIC FAMILY, the author journeys through Australia's colonial history with his ancestors, who gradually take on flesh and blood from the bone-dry official documents. His ancestors are from British Isles, all arriving by the 1830s, two on the First Fleet in 1788. Most are from southern England: Wiltshire, Lancashire, Middlesex, Essex, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Huntingdonshire. Four are from two little villages close by each other in Wiltshire: Semley and Donhead St Mary.

A small Irish contingent of two convicts and one free settler come from Dublin, Monaghan, and Donegal. A farming family from Aberdeen Scotland, the Burgesses, literate people with a keen sense of decorum, make up the full count. It is surprising how much he finds out about them all-joys, successes, and tragedies. Their lives are anything but dull.

James Joseph Wilson, who narrowly escaped the gallows and was surprisingly literate for a man thrice convicted of burglary, arrived in Port Jackson on board the Prince Regent in 1827. The colonial authorities assigned him to Robert Lowe, one of the Colony's early landholders. Lowe sent him to Mudgee in north-western New South Wales to shepherd his flocks. Young 18-year-old hutkeeper James Joseph was one of the first inhabitants in the Mudgee area.

He teamed up with fellow convict Michael Jones to look for land. They married sisters Jane and Elizabeth Harris, daughters of free settlers, and travelled further north-west to the Coonamble area, 330 miles from Sydney, to set up their farms. The two freed convicts and the Harris sisters became his great-great-grandparents.

There are nine convicts in the direct line of his ancestors. He traces their lives against the social and historical background of colonial Australia, presenting a very different picture from the view usually found in school history books. They all thrive, taking advantage of their second chance. This book is the story of their redemption.

Besides offering the reader an interesting, sometimes gripping family story, he reveals the cultural continuities in which his ancestors acted and how they responded to those continuities in a totally different physical environment. He seeks to discover to what extent the outlook, culture and character of his ancestors worked to make his extended family and him what they are. And, finally, perhaps most importantly, he sketches a picture of the way Australia developed as a new people and a new nation. In 1950, most Australians had an ancestry like his.

This first book is a history of colonial Australia, not of the famous and heroic, but of the small people, the anonymous people who were the heartbeat of a growing nation-people like his ancestors.

Since the publication of Prison Hulk to Redemption in 2016, the author has made many adjustments and additions, besides rewriting passages that could have been clearer. In preparing this second edition, besides thoroughly revising the text, the author stresses the social and cultural continuities to bring out his ideas on what it means to be a people and a nation.

These ideas are drawn from his interpretation of Edmund Burke's political philosophy which he conceives as a Natural Law conservatism. Burke had distinct ideas on how a healthy nation develops and, if it is not careful, how it decays, collapses, and falls prey to takeover. This present book is paired with his book, Tony Abbott and the Times of Revolution. Prison Hulk to Redemption is about the growth and development of Australia as a nation. Tony Abbott and the Times of Revolution is about the 1960s cultural revolution and signs of decay.

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After a lifetime working in the book business (mostly educational publishing) I now concentrate on my writing.

One of my most exhilarating and formative experiences was living in Holland for two and a half years. On returning to Australia, I resumed my studies, completed a major in Dutch Language and Literature at Melbourne University and then transferred to La Trobe University where I studied through to a master's degree in philosophy. My studies and immersion in another culture and language, together with my Catholic faith, form the biggest influences on my writing. But shaping those influences are my mother and father. One could not have wished for better or more principled parents.

My master's thesis was on Edmund Burke whose thought enters my writing in one way or another. My preoccupations are social and cultural from a Catholic and (Burkean) conservative point of view. This reflects my acceptance of the Catholic idea of the reciprocal relationship between faith and reason.

My favourite fiction authors are Dickens, Austen, and Waugh. Evelyn Waugh's style and mastery of English have been my biggest influence - not in vain, I hope. My favourite modern non-fiction author is philosopher Roger Scruton. I spend my leisure time reading and occasionally walking along the nearby shores of Port Phillip Bay. I love opera, musicals, and the ballet (The Nutcracker is my favourite.) I enjoy fifties rock 'n' roll, forties big band and the American songbook. Mozart is my favourite classical composer but I am acquiring a liking for Bach.

Bringing all the influences together on my fiction writing, I would place my novels in two genres. First, there are my 'Catholic' novels, in the style of Evelyn Waugh, Grahame Greene, and Morris West. I deal with similar issues as these Catholic writers. (See The Catholic Novel page.)

Second, I plan a series in the Romance genre. Love relationships are a way of exploring the essence of the human person. The first title A VERY ODD ROMANCE was released on 30 August 2020. The second EDITING CONSTANCY: A JANE AUSTEN STORY was released 1 January 2021.


EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-1876262389
10-stellige ISBN 1876262389
Verlag Gerard Charles Wilson Publisher
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Non Books / PBS
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Typ des digitalen Artikels ePub mit Adobe DRM
Copyright Digital Rights Management Adobe
Erscheinungsdatum 19. März 2021
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