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About John Murdoch #870

I was born in Hobart Tasmania, a 6th-generation descendant of Dr. James. My occupation is Computer System Administrator (Stratus midrange computer systems). I'm married with 2 daughters. In 1994 we relocated from Hobart to Wellington New Zealand, and from there in 2001 we relocated to the city of Marietta in Atlanta Georgia USA where we still live today.

Travel to UK and Europe is more affordable from the US than from Australia and we were fortunate to be able to visit Craigow in Scotland during 2004, and then Craigow in Tasmania during 2005.

A novel that captured my imagination at an early age (and is still a favourite) was "For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke. First published in book form in 1874, the ABC describes it thus: "Marcus Clarke’s gripping novel has long been considered the most significant book of its kind about life in an Australian penal colony". Although the language and style of the book is period, and although a novel, it paints a vivid picture of early life in the colonies of Van Diemens Land, not too far removed from the time when our Dr. James and his family arrived in 1822. Read more about Marcus Clarke and "For the Term of His Natural Life"

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