A memoir of life on Eyre Peninsula

HISTORIAN Jill Roe, whose grandparents were early settlers of South Australia’s west coast, has published her memoir on growing up in the Eyre Peninsula.

The book, Our Fathers Cleared the Bush, tells the story of Ms Roe’s childhood in Port Lincoln and delves into the history of the region.

Our Fathers Cleared the Bush, tells the story of Ms Roe’s childhood in Port Lincoln and delves into the history of the region.

Ms Roe was born at Tumby Bay where she spent her first fourteen years before seeking out higher education.

Now a professor of modern history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Ms Roe wrote fondly of her school days and of life on ‘Kooltana’ at Yallunda Flat and the Yallunda Flat Show in her new book.

She said special occasions like the Redex round Australia car trials and the visit of the young Queen Elizabeth to Port Lincoln in 1954 are included in her book.

Ms Roe said her published works on Australian social and cultural history include numerous entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History.

In the book, Ms Roe, revisits her mid-century childhood in what she says, was “one of Australia’s most remote regions”.