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Our Fathers Cleared the Bush

Remembering Eyre Peninsula

Jill Roe

Our Fathers Cleared the Bush
Renowned historian Jill Roe, whose grandparents were early settlers of South Australia's west coast, revisits her mid-century childhood in what was one of Australia's most remote regions.

Rhythms of work and play were punctuated by moments - the annual show, a visit from young Queen Elizabeth - that connected farming lives, however briefly, to a changing world.

With urbanisation comes uncertainties. As her story unfolds, Jill Roe contemplates the future of Eyre Peninsula and the role of regional Australia in this young century. Our Fathers Cleared the Bush is a charming, thoughtful blend of history, memoir and ideas.

Praise for Our Fathers Cleared the Bush:
'The Eyre Peninsula, a vast plain of golden grain, golden fleece, golden grass, scrub, and not many people, is one of Australia's less glamorous destinations, but unlike some who have reached the top, academic historian Jill Roe presents her rural homeland with affection.' - Robert Murray, Quadrant

'A very readable, sometimes personal, social history of the Eyre Peninsula ... a fascinating record of its pre and post-settlement life.' - Delys Bird, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature

'A valuable record of country life in South Australia.' - Helen Eddy, ReadPlus

'What a fascinating read it was – for its content, which tells the story of Eyre Peninsula, a part of Australia I don’t know, and for its form and style.' - Whispering Gums

'Roe skilfully weaves the family story and her own recollections (both as a child and as a recent return visitor) into the larger history, writing in a deceptively easy style.' - Susan Marsden, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

'A captivating combination of regional history and memoir.' - Bernard Whimpress, Newtown Review of Books

Jill Roe AO was born at Tumby Bay on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and spent her first fourteen years living on the Peninsula. She is Professor Emerita in Modern History at Macquarie University, Sydney, where she was awarded a DLitt as a higher research degree for her work on Australian writer Miles Franklin, principally the Margarey Medal-winning Stella Miles Franklin: A biography. Her publications in Australian social and cultural history include numerous entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History. In 2016, Jill was awarded the Australian Dictionary of Biography Medal for long and distinguished service.

Jill Roe passed away on 13 January 2017 after a long battle with illness and injury. Read ABC New's touching tribute here.

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 148 mm
ISBN 9781743054291
Extent 264 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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