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: