Decent People tells the story of David Jellie’s ancestors from their arrival in Australia up to his parent’s generation. They came from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Croatia – all arriving between 1835 and 1861. Three of them were sailors who jumped ship, and all gravitated to the Western District of Victoria where they became pioneer farmers. Their families are still rooted there.
Some prospered and none failed. These pioneer Australians were not dwelling on the past when they left the shores of their homelands, but were looking to a new future for themselves and their successors. They were touched by the vicissitudes of the time and place of their lives – shipwreck, infant mortality, pandemic, untimely death, human frailty, drought, economic depressions and wars.
They were all decent people.
In Decent People David Jellie tells their stories with tenderness, intimacy, humour and gratitude.
David Jellie commenced his career as a structural engineer with the Country Roads Board of Victoria in 1961. David participated in the development of Australian design codes and has written many technical papers and books – mainly relating to bridge design and construction and safety in construction. He was an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University.
Publisher – Wakefield Press
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