Melbourne-based author Louise Wilson has 'evolved' through life experience and inclination into her current role as a researcher and writer of historical biographies and family histories. These non-fiction books feature careful research, lots of thinking and a focus on telling an interesting story.
Writing always attracted her. During her career with senior roles in the finance sector, working under the name Louise Jackson, she was the author of several textbook chapters on international finance, and wrote occasional articles and book reviews for Current Affairs Bulletin, Business Review Weekly, and Overseas Trading.
For many years she maintained a side interest, mostly voluntary, in community education. For example, she was once a high school mathematics teacher at South Dubbo and Barrenjoey High Schools; as a volunteer she worked on the National Trust Landscape Conservation Committee in Sydney, helped to establish the Cameragal Montessori School at North Sydney and ran the Scecgs Redlands Adult Education Centre at Cremorne; she was a long term volunteer with the Australian Institute of Export and then Executive Director of the College of International Business in Melbourne. In the mid 1990s she worked as a consultant to the Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology and was a member of Swinburne's Board of TAFE. This community education focus resulted in several publications, including a story on Ockham's Razor (ABC) in 1991 and the book 'Brainboxes' in 1994.
She commenced full-time family history research in mid 1999, by accident, something which astonishes her family, as she appeared to have no interest in the family 'stories'. She was, but the jumble of identities, times and places confused her. Some serious detective work seemed long overdue, a task irresistibly attractive to her. The result has been the publication of seven family histories since November 2007. A number of others are in the pipeline.
The skills she gained as a non-fiction writer explaining complicated international finance topics to the general reader have been brought to the task of family history writing. She hopes her books and articles make for easy and interesting reading. They reflect her continuing interest in various aspects of community education.
Perhaps Louise could be described as a workaholic. But there has been time to 'get a life' as well. She grew up in the Warringah Shire of Sydney; she has lived in the country town of Dubbo, NSW and on a farm at Yea, VIC; she lived in Papua New Guinea for five years; she has lived in London on and off since 1971; in Melbourne since 1987;and has spent months on end in Hong Kong. When she first married at the age of twenty, she expected to have one husband and three children. Instead it turned out to be the other way around. Her daughter has two sets of twins born fourteen months apart, a fraternal boy and girl aged eleven and identical boys aged ten, so life has been busy and fascinating.