We have been back for two weeks but I learnt so much from visiting the places in my second book. We had always wanted to go a year ago, but it was impossible. So now I will be doing some editing and adding description over the next few weeks and then republishing; nothing major but tweaking here and there.
For example we visited the site of Thomas Dugmore’s burial in the Eastern Cemetery, Geelong. It was a hot summer’s day and the sun beat down on the dry, dusty earth, with little shade to be found. On a blustery winter’s day, with a southern wind from the antarctic, when Thomas was buried in his unmarked pauper’s grave, there would have been no shelter. The cemetery is enormous, with many recent, elaborate catholic graves, more akin to European graveyards. Thomas was buried in the Anglican area from where this photograph was taken.