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Fine gift for our library

31 August 2018

Alastair Crombie and author James McDonald
Alastair Crombie and author James McDonald

The Centre is now the proud owner of 'Three Henry Currans. A family history'. Good friend of the Centre and scholar James McDonald dropped in to donate a copy of his substantial and authoritative study of the Currran family. The book is to be launched on Thursday 13th September at 6.00 pm at the Queanbeyan Library.

In his thoughtful foreword, Rev Brian Maher reflects that "...it is pleasing see the next generation take up the spade in unearthing the lives of our pioneering forebears. With the passing of Bert Sheedy, Bruce Moore, and Lyall Gillespie, a new generation is being blooded of our district's historians. James is a leader in this next wave".

The stories of the three Henrys cover a century or so of Australian history measured from the British invasion of the Limestone Plains to the post-war wool boom. While at heart a family history, 'there is little of importance to the district from the 1840-1960 period that has not been broached here' (Maher).

Our warmest congratulations - and thanks - to James!

McDonald, J (2018). 'Three Henry Currans. A family history', Sorley Boy, Canberra.


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