by Janelle Cust
The essence of a nation’s history is “the chronicle of lives and deeds of those who conferred honour and dignity upon society”. When Mary Pitt and five of her children set foot on the soil of New South Wales, a distant penal colony, they could hardly foresee the remarkable role they and their descendants would play in the history of a new country. Painstakingly researched from thousands of archive records and publications from 1801 to the early 1900s, their lives and deeds are presented in this awe-inspiring book. Although dry and unpolished, it is enriched with the history and culture of the first Australian settlers.