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Ravenswood Dreaming is an incredible story about the Thomas family’s arrival to the Swan River settlement in 1829 and their rise from labourers and boatmen to highly regarded citizens of Fremantle.

Meet the author and listen to his captivating tale of writing this fictional book exploring early Western Australia settlement.

Copies of Kenneth’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Light refreshments will be served on arrival.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

As an indentured servant with the Peel Scheme, John Thomas senior and his family arrived at the Swan River settlement in 1829 aboard the Gilmore. They and many other families were landed 5 miles south of Fremantle at a place which became known as Clarence.

Within months poor organization, dysentery, influenza, scurvy and starvation began to threaten the venture. By winter of 1830, 37 people had died and the scheme failed. The remainder of the family moved to Fremantle and began a lightering and transport business on the Swan River and out to ships anchored off shore.

Shipwrecks and personal tragedy continued to dog the family. Despite these setbacks the company expanded further and prevailed under Young John’s leadership.

Much of the story takes place in Fremantle and the Murray District and on the water in boats and ships. Ravenswood Dreaming is an incredible story about the Thomas family’s struggle in the face of adversity and personal tragedy. Their rise from labourers and boatmen to highly regarded citizens of Fremantle and the Murray district was accompanied by their emerging consciousness of the plight of the Aboriginal people.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kenneth J. Hill was born in 1944 and grew up in Como, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. His mother’s family were early settlers in the district of Canning Bridge and a great deal of time was spent at their house on weekends. The Canning River was their playground and he, with his cousins, enjoyed a great deal of freedom to explore it. Kenneth’s Grandparents’ house was a meeting place for their friends and relatives and he heard many interesting stories over the years.

Trained as a school teacher and after completing a Bachelor of Education at UWA, Kenneth taught in secondary schools for 35 years and primary schools for 10 years. With a love of literature and writing, retirement afforded the author the opportunity to record some of these stories.

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