One Tree Hill Sketchbook. I produced this book as a year 12 art project in 1977. This is perhaps where my interest in history germinated. The picture above is a sketch from the book and is a link to the full text and more of its artworks.
One of the best things that anyone can do to broaden their horizons is to read. History is the subject that enthralls me. Original historical manuscripts such as explorers own journals and published accounts of their travels are favourites of mine. By reading, I can transport myself back in time to be at their side as a friend as they make monumental discoveries. Fiction has its place and is often woven around facts but to me "reality is stranger than fiction". I also enjoy reading biographies of famous persons and of explorers to gain further insight into their eras and events that have shaped their world. Where few records have been left, archaeological findings give evidence of cultures and happenings from not only centuries in the past but millennia. Local history is also of interest to me and this is where I began my discoveries, with books that I produced myself. I have expanded my horizons to include the reading of the history of my home state, my country, and the "mother country". I spent a lot of time immersing myself in the history of Great Britain. This was so compelling I had to visit. This began several years of correspondence with my Nan and research into her family history which led to a much more intimate look at the history of England. This extended to France and the Hundred Years War and the Papacy and the history of religion and politics and slavery and trade. Some diversions to Classical and Roman civilisations, Phoenicians and Vikings and Saxons, Jutes, Angles... Currently I am expanding further to examine the forces that shaped civilization in China and India and all this is relevant to my modern day to day existence.