BOOKS & WRITING

Sunset over Mount Douraking

Will and Will

Between 1863 and 1869, the chaplain of York’s Church of the Holy Trinity was the Rev. Edward Millett. His wife was Janet Millett. On the couple’s return to the UK, Janet wrote a now-famous account of their years in York: An Australian Parsonage or, the Settler and the Savage in Western Australia. This year marks the 150th anniversary since its publication. In this special in-conversation event with UK-based author William Duperouzel, York Festival Artistic Director and journalist Will Yeoman discusses William’s account of the later life of Janet and her husband, Sunset over Mount Douraking, which follows the Millett’s path from England to York and back. 

William was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and now lives in the UK. William has a keen interest in genealogy. Together with his wife he researched his family roots and in 2003 published ‘Petrosellum – A Global History of the Families Dupérouzel / Duperrouzel’.

In January 2016 William published ‘SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE’ as a tribute to his Uncle Jim Duperouzel from York, Western Australia, who was killed in action when the 51st Battalion of the AIF advanced on Mouquet Farm near Pozières, Somme, France in August 1916.

William published his third book, ‘SUNSET OVER MOUNT DOURAKING’ in York, Western Australia on June 2019. ‘Let go…let God’ in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, UK was published in 2020.

DATE: Sun 2 Oct

TIME: 10am-11am

VENUE: Speakeasy, rear Gallery 152, 152 Avon Terrace, York

PRICE: Free, registration required

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