Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Booktown's Boulton Ghosts

Philip Boulton
The ghost of my great grandfather Philip Boulton hovers whenever I visit Clunes, Victoria's historic gold-mining town which has achieved renewed fame for its annual Booktown event. Philip was the manager of the Union Bank of Australia at Clunes in its glory days and his son Stephen, who was born there in 1890, features in my latest book Brothers in Arms: The Great War Letters of Captain Nigel Boulton, RAMC, & Lieut Stephen Boulton, AIF.

So ... I'm thrilled that my article about Philip's connection with that town, Booktown's Boulton Ghosts, has been published in today's inaugural edition of 'Backstory'.

'Backstory' promotes itself as 'a history journal with an eye on the future'. It's an intriguing online publishing initiative of Swinburne University, with many of Swinburne's senior writing students playing their part as co-editors. Its raison d'etre is well-explained in its Editorial, with the overall goal being to foster the art of story-telling in various formats - orally through interviews, and in writing through fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reviews with a historical theme. My article, in the non-fiction section, was peer-reviewed by two readers and my citations were adjusted to fit Swinburne's Harvard-style guidelines.

Although I was once a consultant to the former Chancellor of Swinburne University, Richard Pratt, and was also a member of its Board of TAFE, it was by pure coincidence that I came across 'Backstory' via social media and offered up my story for consideration.  You don't need to have a Swinburne connection - the journal invites all writers of history to submit relevant articles.

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