Stories of Colonial South Australia Author: Gwenneth Walton

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By: Gwen | March 11, 2015

I am a great, great, grandchild of some of South Australia's first white settlers, and am fascinated by the history of our State. 


I grew up on my family's isolated farm in the South East of SA, where I had correspondence lessons and was often absorbed in solitary play.  Books became my dearest friends.  I attended a small country high school, then completed my education at Adelaide's then Methodist Ladies College.  A few years later I moved to Fleurieu Peninsula where I married Harold Skinner, and together we raised our four children on another farm near Victor Harbour.

When the family moved to Adelaide I returned to study, became a librarian and later went on to post graduate study at Adelaide University.  The original manuscript for The Protector  was submitted for my Master of Arts in Creative Writing  in 2003.


Now at age 85, I have revised the original manuscript and published The Protector as an ebook.    


My other novel,  Children of the Earth, was published in 2007 and is also available as an ebook.  It was another ‘labour of love’ for me.  It is also set in colonial South Australia and was the culmination of my Phd in Creative Writing.

As a child I read by lamp light as we had no electricity.  Little did I know then that I would go on to write two novels about colonial South Australia and publish them electronically.


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Christopher Stopp

Posted on : February 26, 2016

Dear Gweneth, Don & Trudy
Thank you for a brilliant presentation yesterday at ViTA. Your sharing of your personal story and the challenges in writing your two books resonated with me personally - so I have subsequently shared it several times since yesterday. A number of other people have requested from me details of how they may approach reading, "The Protector" and/or "Children of the Earth". With your consent - I would like to advise them of the procedure that has worked for me. Again - thank you for your inspiring presentation yesterday. The response from all participants was fabulous. I will be reading "The Protector" this evening with anticipation. Best regards,


Gwenneth Walton

Posted on : August 04, 2015

Thanks, Sandy and Trudi for publishing and publicising my two ebooks! Much love, Mum.


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