This biographical microhistory traces the life of Francis Bird, 1845-1937. Its significance is that it has, as its focus, a member of the middle classes. This focus allows new perspectives on the late colonial period in Western Australia, in particular, the period bookended by the convict era and the gold rushes. The research draws heavily upon sources previously unavailable to historians, including interviews of descendants, and documents preserved by family members. This study of Bird and his family provides fresh insight into colonial immigration, industry, architecture, and society, during a period hitherto under-represented in the Western Australian historical record.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||3 Sep 2021|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2021|