Author shortlisted for Victorian Premier's history award
Woy Woy author Mr Richard Turner is in the running for a history award from the Victorian Premier.
The shortlist includes his book Made in Lancashire: A Collective Biography of Assisted Migrants from Lancashire to Victoria 1852-1853.
His book describes how, at the height of the Victorian gold rush, between July 1852 and June 1853, hundreds of government-assisted migrants from Lancashire, England, made their way to Australia and disembarked in Victoria.
"They were part of a huge flood of such migrants who poured into the new-born colony as the colonial administration scrabbled to cope with the gold rush," he said.
"Made in Lancashire is a collective biography that explores in detail who these Lancashire assisted migrants were: their origins, why they migrated, where they went on arrival in Victoria, and what they made of their lives."
Media release, 12 Oct 2021
Tara Oldfield, Public Record Office Victoria