Category Archives: Digger’s Daughter

Living in a Tent or a Hut

For most of us in the Western world it is unimaginable to live in the conditions that were found on the goldfields. How would you cope bringing up a family in such conditions? And yet think of all those thousands … Continue reading

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Democracy

Our ancestors fought so hard for the vote and now we can’t understand why it became such a fight. It seems obvious that there should be no taxation without representation. Indeed we are still fighting for 16 year olds to … Continue reading

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Distance

When writing historical novels it is difficult to gauge how much time it takes to travel from A-B. Even in England the state of roads was appalling until they were covered in tarmac, but when was a particular road given … Continue reading

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Diggers’ Hotels

Sitting in England 150 years after the events I am writing about, it is difficult to imagine the look of the hotels which Jane and her husband built. Only one has a newspaper description of the number of rooms available … Continue reading

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Jim Dugmore’s Life Story

When I started writing the story of my husband’s ancestors, I had no idea how much luck would play a part. Being contacted by Werribee Historical Society out of the blue to be told about a manuscript which had come … Continue reading

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St Francis Church, Melbourne

This beautiful Catholic church is the oldest in Victoria. The front porch you can see, was added later, as was the Lady Chapel to the left of the picture. In the Digger’s Daughter, Jane remembered the consecration taking place in … Continue reading

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Thomas Dugmore

No photograph exists of Thomas, after all he was born in 1789 in Birmingham, England. A burgeoning City, where the worst effects of the industrial revolution showed in the poor living conditions of those who were drawn to the area … Continue reading

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