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    Australian writes a book about 19th century Scotland

    Hello. My name is Carmel McMurdo Audsley and I've just joined the electric scotland community. I'm first generation Australian, born of a Scottish father and Irish/Australian mother. My husband Iain (whose father was also Scottish) and I have a love affair with Scotland and love visiting our Scottish cousins and having them come to stay with us in Australia. I have written a book 'Ours, Yours and Mines', set in the mid-1800s to early 1900s in the miners' rows of Ayrshire Scotland. It's a family saga that introduces readers to the McMurdo family and while the story is about my ancestors, it is not a family history but rather an historical novel based on real people, places and events. I have spent my career as a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor but now spend most of my time writing and editing an e-zine for the Scottish Community in Queensland and researching and writing historical novels. You can see my website www.oursyoursandmines.webs.com. The book is available from www.amazon.com. I will post more information about the book on the Books Forum. I would be very happy to hear from anyone who would like to discuss the book and/or life in the miners' rows.
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    Hi Carmel, welcome to Electric Scotland. I am also from Brisbane, and as it happens my father also worked in the coal mines of Scotland for some time.We came as a family to Australia in 1961, and i look forward to reading your input on ES!
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    Hello Euan,
    thanks for being my first post on ES. It wasn't until I started researching the family tree that I realised what a hard time our ancestors had, especially in the coal mining areas. The story is probably just as much about your family as it is mine but instead of dry facts I've taken the characters and imagined how they would have acted and reacted in certain situations. When you know their stories, it certainly makes you grateful for all that we have in the 21st century.
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    Hi Carmel,

    Here is some more on Scots Miners on ES, Joadja Creek in NSW, Shale Oil miners who were brought over in the 1800's

    http://www.electricscotland.org/show...a-Joadja-Creek

    Like you, I'm first generation Aussie, my parents originally hailed from Falkirk.

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    Hello Gordon,
    lovely to hear from you. We visited the Falkirk Wheel the last time we were in Scotland (my husband loved it). One of the attendants said 'you're Australian aren't you? I can tell by your lovely accent'. I've never thought of Aussies as having a lovely accent - I've always thought the Scottish accent was much more lyrical. Thanks for sending me the link - I'll take a look.
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    We do have an account of coal mining at http://www.electricscotland.com/hist.../industry1.htm and also a slightly later account at http://www.electricscotland.com/hist.../chapter14.htm

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    Hi Alistair,
    thanks for the link and thank God my family wasn't indentured to the coal owners like they were in the 1600s. The miners had to sign up their wives, sons and daughters to work alongside them in appalling conditions. The conditions in the miners' rows in the 1800s were bad enough but the miners in the 1600s were more like serfs - it was slavery and no wonder many of them didn't live very long. What a life we have now in comparison.
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    Re: Australian writes a book about 19th century Scotland

    Why do you think it was a Scotsman, Keir Hardie, a miner, who started the first strike by miners in Scotland and who went on to form the Labour Party with others?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/histori...ie_james.shtml

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    Hi Elda,
    Hardie was a child miner - he started in the pits when he was 11. He couldn't read or write until he was 17 and he was taught by his mother. Despite this he went on to edit The Cumnock News and later started a newspaper called The Miner. Hardie was respected by the men because he was one of them but also an eloquent speaker who could get his point across. The miners needed a representative whom they could trust to work on their behalf and Hardie was the man. He was at my great-great-uncle's bedside when he died.

    Carmel

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    My Dad used to talk about Keir Hardie. I think he was a legend in my fathers young days.

    Elda

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