Boat People of the Empire
by Donald Grey-Smith
The Boat People whose stories are told in this book are members of the author's family who migrated from the British Isles to Australia during the colonial period. Each chapter features an ancestral couple and their children. They represent a wide cross-section of Australian society, coming from different backgrounds and for various reasons. While some of them had a higher public profile than others, none of them were famous.
While focusing on their personal lives, Donald has endeavoured to fill in the historical background against which they are set. Uncovering their stories has not only helped the author understand himself better, but has deepened his appreciation of our national character.
370 pages softcover