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My Grandfather's Clock

My Grandfather's Clock

Four Centuries of a British-Australian Family

by Graeme Davison
Publication Date: 05/09/2023

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British Australia- a search for family.

A great-aunt's bequest - a 200-year-old grandfather clock - sends historian Graeme Davison on a journey deep into his father's family's past. From their tribal homeland in the Scottish Borders he follows them to the garrison town of Carlisle, from industrial Birmingham to Edwardian Australia, and from the Great War to his own suburban childhood. This is the story of an ordinary family's journey from frontier warfare and dispossession through economic turmoil and emigration to modest prosperity.

At each step, we are led to reflect on the puzzles of personal identity and the mystery of time. Based on a lifetime of creative scholarship, My Grandfather's Clock is a moving testament to the power of family history to illuminate the present.

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Graeme Davison

Graeme Davison is Australia’s best-known urban historian and a leading social historian. His prize-winning books include The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne, City Dreamers: The Urban Imagination in Australia and Car Wars: How the Car Won our Hearts and Conquered our Cities.

He is a co-editor of the landmark Oxford Companion to Australian History and an emeritus professor at Monash University.

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