genres: Biography, History
Rod Julian has always been interested in in history. Later in life an accidental discovery ignited an interest in Ludwig Leichhardt, the explorer. This resulted in two feature articles on Leichhardt, one being published in The Newcastle Herald Weekender magazine (5th January 2013) and the other in the Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland (May, 2013).
This biography is on a much larger and challenging scale, involving patient research over two years. The surprising discoveries prompted a determination to complete the project, and in doing so hopefully right not one, but several, injustices.
John Julian is the story of a farmer and his young wife who left Cornwall in 1843 to start a new life in Australia. After arriving in Sydney, they moved to a remote and dangerous outpost on the Macleay River. His difficult life there is detailed, as well as his ancestors in Cornwall, and biographies on several descendants.