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Author's Letter to Ian Turner in Beneath the Southern Cross 1954

Beneath the Southern Cross, A Story of Eureka by Helen Palmer 1954.

A history of the Australian Goldfields of the 1850s, told through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the goldfields, including the Miners Revolt at the ‘Eureka’ Stockade.

Published by FW Cheshire, Melbourne. Coloured dustjacket over light brown boards 104 pages 19cm x 13.5cm.

This copy signed by the author and includes an inserted handwritten letter from the author to Ian Turner, requesting a loan of a rare book.


Helen Gwynneth Palmer 1917-1979 was an Australian left-wing social activist, teacher and writer. Ian Alexander H. Turner 1922-1978 was also a noted Australian social activist, lawyer and historian.

The Eureka Stockade was a revolt by Victorian miners in 1854 protesting against the imposition of miner’s licences and other constraints by the Victorian police troopers. The Stockade, led by a number of Irish miners was brutally put down.

A biography of Helen Palmer is here:


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Taken on May 20, 2012