This story of Helen Neville’s family spans a vast part of the history of Irish settlement in Australia. It is infused with a Celtic heart; it is backlit with romance, bitterness and an amazing amount of forgiveness. At its core, like most biographies, it is partly a lament and also a celebration of human endeavour of courage, mixed fortunes and the shift in prosperity that comes with the effect and loss of war, and of new beginnings.
Evolution of a Family provides a cracking account of early Victoria. There are many vivid passages that will usher readers through the streets and buildings, the church institutions and the underbelly of poverty in a newly developing country.
Soft cover, photographs, 242 pages.