New Books for Local History at Eltham

Ev Hales – A Work in Progress

 “When I decided to write this book I wanted to create something I would like to read.  I wanted the book to have my voice as well as my images.  What has evolved is something quite unexpected.  I did’nt expect to learn about myself from this project…” Few books are written by the artist about why they do what they do. Ev Hales beautiful hard bound book offers a unique insight into the evolution of the artists thought process before, during and after completion of a work.

The Diary of Andrew Ross 1828-1895 and The Reminiscenes of Andrew Ross 1851-1864

Andrew Ross, known as “The Squire of Kangaroo Ground” was born in Edinburgh in 1814.   He commenced making entries in his Diary in 1829 and continued entering them for a further sixty-six years.  He migrated to Australia in 1838 hoping to make a name for himself in the colonies.  After ten arduous years in Australia, still struggling for recognition, he decided to search out for himself ‘a quiet nook in the country’ and to there hopefully reach the heights as ‘a big fish in a small pool’ — the place he chose was Kangaroo Ground!

Arriving in Kangaroo Ground in 1851 as the region’s first schoolmaster and preacher, Ross led his community a further 25 years, all the while recording the action in his diary, during which time he’d extended his activities to include every civic role open to him which had included the establishment of what in effect became Victoria’s first technical school.

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