Prison Hulk to Redemption: Part One of a Family History 1788-1900

The author undertakes a journey with his ancestors through Australia's colonial history - a history that hardly has its equal. He traces the cultural continuities of Australian society and shows where his ancestors fitted in. An important part of the story is the indispensable role the convicts played in establishing the Australian nation. Nine convict ancestors are found in the direct line. More

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About Gerard Charles Wilson

After a lifetime working in the book business (mostly educational publishing) I now devote myself full-time to my writing which in addition to my books includes commentary on the website of The Edmund Burke Society. Writing is my passion on which there have been many influences. One of my most exhilarating and formative experiences was living in Holland for nearly three years. My Dutch wife and I had gone there to live shortly after marrying.

On returning to Australia, I resumed my studies, completed a major in Dutch Language and Literature at Melbourne University and then transferred to La Trobe University where I studied through to a Master’s degree in philosophy. My studies and immersion in another culture and language, together with my Catholic faith, form the biggest influences on my writing. But above and shaping those influences are my mother and father. One could not have wished for more caring or principled parents.

My Master’s thesis was on Edmund Burke whose thought enters my writing in one way or another. My preoccupations are social and cultural. My favourite fiction authors are Dickens, Austen, and Waugh. I try to model my style on Evelyn Waugh’s – I hope not totally in vain. My favourite modern non-fiction author is philosopher Roger Scruton. I spend my leisure time reading and occasionally going a walk along the nearby shores of Port Phillip Bay. I love opera and musicals and enjoy fifties rock ‘n’ roll, forties big band and the American songbook. Mozart is my favourite classical composer but I am acquiring a liking for Bach. There is hardly a piece of music more sublime than the St Matthew Passion

A more detailed biography can be found on my website.

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