About the Author

Robert Wuchatsch is retired and lives at Pirron Yallock in the Stony Rises in south-west Victoria. He was employed for many years with the Export Market Development Grants section of the Australian Trade Commission.

 

¨Robert grew up at Westgarthtown, an old German settlement at Thomastown and Lalor, on Melbourne’s northern fringes. His research interests mostly reflect his origins, his books being Westgarthtown: the German settlement at Thomastown (1985); Historic Buildings of the Shire of Whittlesea (1985); Historic Views of the City of Whittlesea (1988); The Bloods: A History of the Lalor Football Club (1995); From Hamburg to Hobsons Bay: German Emigration to Port Phillip (Australia Felix) 1848-51 (1999); Dan O’Brien: The Original Owner of Carbine: Australasia’s Forgotten Turf Legend (2008); John Muston: Draper, Squatter, Speculator in Colonial Australia (2017); and Särka to Westgarthtown: The Wuchatsch Family in Germany and Australia (2018). He has also contributed to other publications, notably A German Church in the Garden of God: Melbourne’s Trinity Lutheran Church 1853-2003 (2004) and Scotland to Australia Felix: Founding Scots of Victoria's Camperdown District (2018).

 

Robert is a past president of the Whittlesea Historical Society; the Friends of Westgarthtown; the Wendish Heritage Society Australia and the Friends of Lutheran Archives in Victoria and remains a member and office bearer of several heritage groups. He is currently working on another book about the history of the Stony Rises.

 
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