In the wake of devastation and poverty left by the Agricultural Revolution, young newlyweds Emma and Benjamin Bowden emigrate to the free colony of South Australia and the promise of a hopeful future.
As you journey alongside Benjamin and Emma, you'll be moved by their ability to overcome incredible changes, from the doubts and fears that come with leaving everything you know behind, and the joys of building a new life.
In the new Free Colony they are heartened by much needed, genuine kindness from their employer.
Dianne Griffin lived in Moonta, South Australia, as a child. She loved the town and its people, especially her grandparents, Charles W and Eleanor B Bowden.
At 25, Dianne set out to see the world, and re-immigrated to Cornwall and Britain. She married in 1970 and, settling in Ireland, raised three children.
Never one to shy away from telling a great story, Dianne published short stories and dabbled in journalism.
Moving back to Australia in 1989, she settled in Brisbane near family.
Continuing her lifelong desire to learn, Dianne completed a post-graduate certificate in creative writing, focusing on Life Writing. Dianne’s office began to overflow with books, diaries of immigrants and newspapers of early South Australia.
With inspiration from her grandfather, who wrote in his preface to History of Agery, “Being blessed with a fairly retentive memory, and having in my possession much authentic information, I have a duty to pass it on – now that I have lived the allotted life span.”
Dianne discerned the mantle had passed to her, and that the voices in From Cornwall to Moonta should come back to life.
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