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Escapes and Incursions

From Baron to Battler

Turnbull Lives And Letters

Pounding Along to Singapore.




Pioneer Register of New England From First Settlement to Federation


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Another book about Australian soldiers in Word War II Borneo By' KEVIN SMITH, ESCAPES and INCURSIONS tells in authentic and close detail the stories of the perilous adventures and dreadful ordeals of ninety attempted escapes, some successful, by desperate Australian prisoners of war in Borneo 1942 to 1945. For more detail on this excellent book please use our download PDF file.

This is a companion volume for the author's self-published BORNEO: AUSTRALIA'S PROUD BUT TRAGIC HERITAGE(1999), which sold out at just under 3,000 copies and of which the Australian War Memorial's senior historian declared, it " shines with integrity" Bruce Ruxton found 'BORNEO' one of the most comprehensively researched accounts of the Borneo captivity. It was used by Bryce Courtenay as a source for his novel "Four Fires". The newspaper of the National RSL reported that the author reveals command and control with a thorough knowledge of his subject as he writes in a competent and authoritative manner. For further details of this earlier 1999 book see: http://users.northnet.com.au/~helkev. ESCAPES and INCURSIONS (2006) reflects similar qualities. Tom Pledger (former POW on Ambon), an early purchaser, describes it as one of the best stories he has read about WWII and similar comments are flowing in from other personal mail order readers around Australia. Contact: Dr Kevin Smith, P.O. Box 440, Armidale NSW 2350 Phone: (02) 6772 2602

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The story of Dr Christian Schrader and his family including the 1873 diary of Ludwig Schrader

This book by Caroline Gaden is the story of Dr Christian Ulrich Detlef Schrader and his family who arrived in Australia in 1853. It gives an insight into the family and their home in Denmark and Germany; it looks at their days in Port Macquarie; it looks at their close connections with the Waugh family; it follows the family to Walcha; it looks at what fortunes befell them when they left Walcha. Centrepiece to the story is the diary of second son Ludwig, written from 1873 to 1874. Ludwig's eloquent writings recount the battle to develop the farm, build a stone house at ?Holstein? near Walcha and cope with life in the bush. Incorporated into the story are brief local histories of some of the places where the family lived and the search for 'Montana, the home of Constanza and Phillip. Also included are extensive family trees and maps and photographs. The book is indexed and there are footnotes and endnotes where appropriate. Only a few copies of the book remain. The author Caroline Gaden is married to Dr Schrader's great great grandson. She has spent many years meticulously researching and documenting the family. She is a science graduate and has postgraduate Diplomas in both Education and Local and Applied History. Further details may be obtained by contacting the author by email at:  cagaden@gmail.com or as eBook at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129058 for the book and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/109893 for the Schrader Letters.

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A family history researched and written by Robyn Crosslé, (née Turnbull) Self-published, Strathmerton, Victoria, 1994 Printed by Waterwheel Press, Kyabram, Victoria, Australia Cost: $50, includes postage and packaging within Australia A biography of James Douglas Turnbull, his wife, Esther Rathie, and their ten children, Scottish selectors and pioneers of Guy Fawkes and Ebor, near Armidale, N.S.W. in 1884. James was born at East Middle Farm, near Hawick in Roxburghshire in 1833, whilst Esther was born at Hassendeanburn, also near Hawick, in 1844 As well as the Turnbull and Rathie families, other surnames of interest include Andison, Anderson, Beattie, Campbell, Clyne, Cooper, Cunningham, Gilder, Gore, Kerr, McIntosh, Oliver, Riddel, Sclater, Siddins, Stephenson, Taylor, Waldie and Winn. Features of this 352 page book include: Scottish genealogy and background of family members from the parishes of Burnfoot, Minto, Cavers, Kirkton, Southdean and Castleton in the County  of Roxburghshire Local histories of Guy Fawkes and Ebor, as well as of the districts in Victoria, Australia, where James and Esther farmed from 1852 - 1883: Mount  Prospect (near Creswick), Leichhardt (near Bendigo) and Kotupna (near Nathalia). Maps, photographs (incl. four pages in colour), documents, sketches and family charts 160 family letters written from India and Scotland between 1856 and 1921 The book is fully referenced and indexed and has an extensive bibliography Turnbull Lives and Letters was awarded Equal Second Prize in the Alexander Henderson Award in 1995. This Award is given annually by the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc. in Melbourne, for the best family history published in Australia during the previous year. Order Form

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This book by Caroline Gaden is a military history of the Australian 2/20 Battalion AIF during World War II. In the book Caroline describes their initial training, their battles with the invading Japanese, the Battles for Malaya and Singapore as well as their life in the Prisoner of War camps including Changi during the construction of the Thai-Burma railway. Extracts from the Battalion’s Routine Orders and War Diary, newspaper reports together with letters and the diary of Captain E.W. (Bill) Gaden have been used to bring this compelling history to life. The book has more than 700 references and lists the fate of 500 men mentioned in the book. Publication details can be obtained from Caroline at: cagaden@gmail.com or by phoning her on +61 (0)7 4911 4112