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Home Books Non-fiction On We Go: The Wittenoom Way

On We Go: The Wittenoom Way


By Jacqueline O’Brien & Pamela Statham-Drew

Nearly two centuries have passed since a widowed young clergyman, John Burdett Wittenoom, stepped ashore. The book traces the fortunes of the chaplain’s descendants, from his politician grandson Edward, his brother Frank, explorer, pastoralist and world traveller, to Edward’s cousin Edith Cowan, the first woman to sit in an Australian parliament, and his son Charlie, the mayor of Albany during the depression and war years. Theirs is a fascinating, inspiring and epic story.

ISBN: 9780646510033
Dimensions: 24x19cm
Pages: 418
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: Jacqueline O'Brien and Pamela Statham-Drew


About the authors:

Jacqueline O’Brien nee Wittenoom is the joint author and photographer of a number of beautifully illustrated books on Irish heritage. She has been a Director of the Architectural Archive of Ireland and has lectured internationally on historical subjects. Born in Perth, she graduated from the University of Western Australia with an honours degree in Economics, and also holds an honours degree in Humanities. In 1951 she married the celebrated Irish racehorse trainer Vincent O’Brien and lived in County Tipperary with their five children. Since Vincent’s retirement they have spent the northern winters in Australia.

Pamela Statham-Drew lectured in economic history at the University of Western Australia for 42 years, retiring as Associate Professor in 2006. She graduated with an honours degree in Economics from Monash University in Victoria and was awarded her doctorate by the University of Western Australia. She has written and edited a number of books on Australian history.