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Australia is now my home following a childhood in Yorkshire which revolved around horses. I studied in Wales and have taught Science at High Schools and Horse Management at TAFE colleges (Technical and Further Education) in NSW. For close to ten years I worked with The Cicerone Project, an agricultural research project. All our results are written up in a special issue of the international journal Animal Production Science, published in 2013 (Volume 53, Issues 7-8, pages 593-868)

Now retired, I teach a Writing Your Life course at the local chapter of the University of the Third Age (U3A).

I have developed a love of history but  was told by a history academic that, because I was science trained, I wouldn’t know how to research or write history… what a  perfect challenge to throw at a lass from Yorkshire!

My research and writing interests include:

Military History, in particular the 2/20 Battalion and 8th Division in Singapore and Malaya in the Second World War

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), the Ferry Pilots in WWII

Australian Colonial History

Writing Memoir

Family History

 

My Facebook pages is:-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pounding-Along-to-Singapore-a-history-of-220th-Battalion-AIF/344892488956481

 

My books are
Pounding Along to Singapore, a history of the 2/20 Battalion AIF“, available from me via this web site

From Baron to Battler, the story of Dr CUD Schrader of Walcha, 1860-1900

available from<www.smashwords.com/books/view/129058>

The Schrader Letters, 1871-1896” available from <www.smashword.com/books/view/109893>

Comments
  1. Craig says:

    Hi there. I’m very interested in your Facebook Post about the Lewis brothers as they are mentioned in some detail (along with the experiences of the 2/20th in Malaya/Singapore) in my own family history book – In the Shadow of Feathertop – which is due to be published in a few months. I already have a copy of the movie you mentioned but wonder if you have any further information, or especially pictures, of any of the Lewis brothers? Or if you are in touch with any of their family?

    • cagaden says:

      Hello Craig
      I’m sorry but I have no more specific information about these brothers. All I can suggest is you follow up all the links I suggest on my WordPress page about ‘Researching your 8th Division soldier’. Attestation papers are useful as they are specific to the soldier. Things like the unit diary may be of use but you have to trawl through the entry for every day (or a name search on my diary transcriptions). Officers tend to be mentioned by name, ‘other ranks’ are clumped together and are often not specifically named. There is good info about the battalion as a whole, not about a specific person unless you ask round the family and see if letters or memorabilia survive.
      All the best with your research
      Caroline

      • Craig says:

        Thank you. Yes I’ve reviewed war service files and the unit diaries. For Wallace (Wally) Lewis (and the story of the unit’s experiences) the book “Hells Heroes” by Roger Maynard is also very useful.
        thanks
        Craig

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