New Release Books by David Jellie

David Jellie is the author of Decent People (2020) and An Accidental Engineer (2020).

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Decent People

release date: Jul 17, 2020
Decent People
Decent People tells the story of David Jellie''s ancestors from their arrival in Australia up to his parent''s generation. They came from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Croatia - all arriving between 1835 and 1861. Three of them were sailors who jumped ship, and all gravitated to the Western District of Victoria where they became pioneer farmers. Their families are still rooted there. Some prospered and none failed. These pioneer Australians were not dwelling on the past when they left the shores of their homelands, but were looking to a new future for themselves and their successors. They were touched by the vicissitudes of the time and place of their lives - shipwreck, infant mortality, pandemic, untimely death, human frailty, drought, economic depressions and wars. They were all decent people. In Decent People David Jellie tells their stories with tenderness, intimacy, humour and gratitude.

An Accidental Engineer

release date: Jul 17, 2020
An Accidental Engineer
Within this book is a revealing truth about a kid from the bush who never had a life plan but always enjoyed the journey. Following WW2, Australia was throwing off the shackles of austerity with the expansion of the road network in which Jellie was involved. Afterwards, he worked on projects in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and the Middle East.


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