Captain William Kinghorne navigated some of the most treacherous waters in the world. His life encompassed the Napoleonic Wars, smuggling in the North Sea, the brutal penal settlements of Macquarie Harbour and Port Arthur, the atrocities committed against the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, and the whaling industry of Jervis Bay. Turning his back on the sea, William ended his life as a pastoralist in the Goulburn district. His is a story of high adventure and achievement in an Australia that few would now recognize or acknowledge.
… gripping and enlivened by a great deal of colour. The authors display a real capacity to bring their central subject to life and they do the same for those around him, presenting a ‘warts and all’ study which brings out Kinghorne’s strengths as well as his weaknesses. There are fascinating pictures of the challenges and dangers facing a seafarer who was involved with ferrying convicts and venturing into little known waters. This book blends sober analysis with narrative skills and imaginative powers and will reward all who read it.
– Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher, OAM, FAHA
Alex Pugh graduated from the University of Sydney (BA Hons, 1975), studying history under Patrick Collinson, Maida Coaldrake, Ros Pesman, Marley Stephen, John O. Ward and R. Ian Jack. After a career in business (1975–2009), Alex returned actively to his love for historical research, with interests in mediaeval, church, Levantine and Australian history. He has published A Short History of St James’ Pitt Town (Parish of Pitt Town Australia, 1999) and the Recollections of Mary Pugh née Diacono (Kontea Foundation Cyprus, 2009). He has been involved in lay ministry in the Pitt Town Anglican Community Church since 1997.
Chis Maxwell graduated from the University of Sydney (BScAgr, 1974, PhD 1979). He is Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Biology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. In 2007 he received the Urrbrae Award for outstanding contributions to Australian agriculture, and has life memberships of the Society for Reproductive Biology and the International Association for Applied Animal Andrology. Chis published 350 journal articles and 4 books during his scientific career. Since retirement (2008) he has been involved in lay ministry at St John’s Anglican Church, Beecroft. This is his first historical book.
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