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Louise Wilson's Biographies & Family Histories




Sentenced to Debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter

Published May 2020.

A biography of one of the founders of modern Australia.





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Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory

Published 2016 by Wakefield Press, Adelaide.

A 'well-paced biography' of a reclusive artist whose reputation eventually created an international award in her name for scientific botanical art.

'This beautiful book is a gift to Australia'


Winner of the Don Grant Award 2016



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Brothers in Arms: The Great War Letters of Captain Nigel Boulton, R.A.M.C. & Lieut Stephen Boulton, A.I.F.

Published 2015.

A unique perspective on the Great War of 1914-1918, as told by two brothers, one serving as a doctor in the British Army, the other serving in the Australian Army's artillery.

'Among the best first-hand accounts in print'

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All three of Louise Wilson's acclaimed books about early convict settlers of the beautiful Hawkesbury district near Sydney have received awards from the independent judges of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS). These very readable non-fiction storylines developed from meticulous research bring Australian history to life in an accessible way, injecting interest and insight. 

Robert Forrester, First Fleeter

Highly Commended in the Alexander Henderson Award 2009.

Published 2009.

An engrossing biography of a life fully-lived by one of Australia's founding fathers.

'Fabulous reading'.



Sentenced to Debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter

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Paul Bushell, Second Fleeter

Highly Commended in the Don Grant Award 2013.

Published 2010.

A biography of an enlightened man.

'A gripping, informative and humane view of early colonial life'.




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Southwark Luck: the story of Charles Homer Martin, Ann Forrester and their children

Winner of Alexander Henderson Award 2012.

Published August 2012.

Continuing the Forrester and Hawkesbury story, with a great deal of information about the Martins who 'went bush' from the 1850s, including the four who helped pioneer the lower portions of Queensland.

'Riveting from start to finish'.

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Louise Wilson's earlier books on the Dennis and Pierssené families follow the more traditional format for a family history, working through the generations, while Brainboxes is a personal reflection on education for gifted girls.

From Buryan to Bondi: The Dennis Family of West Penwith, Cornwall and some Australian Descendants

Published 2008.

A family history, commencing in 1645 with George Dennis of Saint Buryan (between Penzance and Land's End in Cornwall), and ending with some of Australia's earliest lifesavers, at Bondi Beach in Sydney in the early 1900s.

'A goldmine of information'.

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Pierssené, a Huguenot Family of London

Published 2007.

The history of a Huguenot (French Protestant) family with an unforgettable name, commencing in the mid 1600s. Includes the Australian branch of this family.

'A super book'.

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Published 1994 by Hawker Brownlow Education.

Short biographies of the lives of twenty six gifted and talented women who attended Narrabeen Girls High School in Sydney, NSW in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with an analysis according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

'A unique study - still finding new readers'.

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In addition, each book connects to its own blog with items relevant specifically to that book.


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