About the Author

Having taught history for 30 years at Ballarat Secondary Schools, Doug then spent over a decade at the Gold Museum, Sovereign Hill. His engaging and thought provoking introduction to the Goldfields was enjoyed by over 100 schools every year.

In addition Doug works with local primary schools enhancing their local history studies. As a public speaker, Doug has spoken to a large number of groups such as Rotary, Probus and U3A classes.

Doug has now written seven books in the Seriously Weird History Series which continue Doug’s passion for engaging people in reading, enjoying and reflecting upon the human story. He is now working on a walk book of the mining areas in Ballarat and a trilogy of books on Ballarat 1851-1920.

Doug has lived all his life in Ballarat. His paternal grandfather walked to Ballarat as a ten year old boy with his widowed Mum and his little brother and sister. His maternal grandfather was also involved in the mining industry as a contractor who erected the poppet heads on many of Ballarat’s mines.

With his wife Julie, Doug now lives just outside Buninyong where Thomas Hiscock discovered the Ballarat goldfield in 1851. Julie and Doug have converted the Scotchmans Lead Wesleyan Church into a self-contained B and B called, appropriately, The Miners’ Church. Check out the website at www.minerschurch.com.au.


About the Cartoonist

Carson Ellis is a cartoon enthusiast and full time Dad/husband. Carson spent much of his schooling drawing pictures in the margins of his notebooks (except during Doug’s history lessons). He now lives and works in Japan with his wife and three children.