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The book was launched in Sydney by Christine Yeats, Manager Public Access, State Records Authority of NSW.  The event was held at the State Records Reading Rooms, 2 Globe St, The Rocks on 27 January 2009.

The book was launched in Melbourne by Rosemary Cameron, Director of the Melbourne Writers' Festival. The event was held at The Melbourne Athenaeum Library, Level 1, 188 Collins St (adjacent to the Melbourne Town Hall) on 18 February 2009.

The book was reprinted in 2011 and again in 2014.

The book is recommended as a Reference and Resource on the University of Wollongong's First Fleet Online site.

Special week at Norfolk Island: Each year Norfolk Island celebrates its Foundation Day, 6 March, the day back in 1788 when a small group of First Fleeters arrived on Norfolk Island to claim it for the Crown. In 2010 there was a special focus on Robert Forrester, due to the publication of my book. At 'Forrester Court', the spectacular Norfolk Island home of Robert's descendant John Forrester, I gave a short talk to the gathering. 

I travelled to England in November 2017 and there investigated the possibility that Robert Forrester came from the Carlisle area, near Gretna Green. This was the last avenue of enquiry left open when the Forrester book was published in 2009. DNA research throughout 2018 has thrown cold water on this idea, instead opening up a whole new area for investigation.

This work delayed the new version of the Forrester book, originally planned for 2018. By 2019 the original version of the Forrester book had completely sold out but the new version remained incomplete.  Illness in the author's family caused further delays. The completely new version of the book, entitled 'Sentenced to Debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter', was published in May 2020.

Remember - keep up to date with Forrester family news via my Blog.

If you're a descendant, you may care to join the Facebook page for Robert Forrester and his descendants. It's a closed group and you'll need to know your family tree details at the time you apply to join.

Publication Details

Louise Wilson, South Melbourne, VIC, January 2009 
Paperback, perfect bound, 442 A5 pages, black & white illustrations  
- Sold out through all outlets, replaced by 'Sentenced to Debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter', see purchase details below. 

To Purchase

This book has been very popular and the latest reprint has sold out. A completely new version with the title 'Sentenced to Debt: Robert Forrester, First Fleeter' was published in May 2020 and can be purchased here.