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Allison Bowman - York Visitor's Centre Allison Bowman - York Visitor's Centre from York wrote on 20 June, 2019 at 5:12 am

Thank you very much for the donation of your book “Sunset over Mount Douraking” to the Shire of York Visitor’s Centre. It is a warmly welcomed addition to our collection of works by local authors about our resident pioneers. We are immensely appreciative of your kindness and look forward to sharing Janet's story with the rest of the York locals and visitors!

Allison Bowman, York, Western Australia, Australia
Edwina Shooter FHWA / WAGS Librarian Edwina Shooter FHWA / WAGS Librarian from Perth wrote on 8 June, 2019 at 9:46 am
Thank you for donating a copy of your latest book, "Sunset over Mount Douraking" to our Society.
It is fabulous! I haven't done much work this morning because I've been side-tracked by flicking through it, albeit slowly!
Besides learning about the Millets, it is a great example of how to research. The amount of material you have found is wonderful. I particularly like your liberal use of illustrations and newspaper images throughout the book [which I recall you used with good effect in your previous publication, "Somewhere in France"] as they really get one's attention.
It's an attractive book, very readable, and a great addition to our collection. Thank you very much for your kind donation to our Society.
Family History WA - the operating name of the Western Australian Genealogical Society
Mrs Paula Hillebrand Mrs Paula Hillebrand from St Albans wrote on 5 June, 2019 at 8:39 am
Good luck with the book launch on Saturday! I look forward to reading and sharing these interesting reads with my husband Richard who shares your great interest in all things past.
Tony Millett Tony Millett from Auckland, New Zealand wrote on 13 May, 2019 at 12:56 am
Clearly a labour of love, William Duperouzel’s book "Sunset over Mount Douraking: Janet Millett and the Rev. Edward Millett, Pioneers of York, Western Australia" provides clear evidence of the tenacity, perseverance and sheer hard work of the author. Beautifully illustrated and meticulously referenced, the book makes most interesting reading about a courageous couple who spent five long years between 1863 and 1868 working in the Australian Outback and ministering to its wide variety of inhabitants. The book covers both the Webster and the Millett families in England, Janet and Edward Millett’s arrival in Western Australia and later return to England, publication of Janet’s famous book "An Australian Parsonage" in 1872, and Janet’s life in England after the death of her husband in 1876. The list of sources, which runs to eight pages, is testimony to the amount of research that has gone into this book.

Of great interest to me was William’s discovery of two other brief publications by Janet, “West Australian Natives” and “School Life in West Australia”, both published in an obscure publication "The Net Cast in Many Waters: Sketches from the Life of Missionaries" in 1872 and 1873, which William has reproduced in his book.

Readers will find in William’s book very much of interest, both about life in England and life in rural Australia, during the second half of the nineteenth century. In particular, his publication has really done Janet and Edward Millett proud.

Tony Millett, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Edwina Shooter, WAGS Librarian Edwina Shooter, WAGS Librarian from Perth, Western Australia wrote on 27 February, 2017 at 5:45 am
It's interesting reading the other comments about 'Somewhere in France' as when a copy of this book was kindly donated to the Western Australian Genealogical Society I thought this book wouldn't have any great interest to me as the young soldier was not a relative, and it would be a case of cataloguing it and that was it.
That wasn't the case, at all!
There is so much information in it that applies to other soldiers that have left country WA to fight. The numerous photos and newspaper cuttings add to the story and all the war information is easy to follow.
This is an especially wonderful book if you are a relative of Private James Ross Duperouzel - a treasure for his relatives.
For the non-relative it is a great book for giving context to this time period for a soldier from WA. It is beautifully set out and a tremendous tribute to one of the fallen.
I recommend it to anyone - not just relatives.
Tanja Tanja wrote on 27 February, 2017 at 2:07 am
Thank you for sharing your family's history and keeping the memory of your uncle alive.
Cathy Clarke Cathy Clarke from York wrote on 22 February, 2017 at 12:36 pm
York District High School thanks you for the donation of 'SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE' and 'PETROSELLUM' to our school library. They are a valuable addition to our local history collection.
Mike Mount-Bryson Mike Mount-Bryson from York, Western Australia wrote on 22 February, 2017 at 11:37 am
Interesting site about a well known local family.

Looking forward to meeting you when you hit our shores.
Robert Knight Robert Knight from Canberra wrote on 22 February, 2017 at 11:18 am
Hello to the Duperouzel clan. It's really great to see people take such an interest in their family origins, particularly as they relate to so many other families' experiences from 100 years ago. I hope that some day soon Uncle Jim is identified and you can all have a place to come and reflect on a young life cut too short.

All the best,

Barry Gracey Barry Gracey from Coffs Harbour NSW Australia wrote on 22 February, 2017 at 4:52 am
What a wonderful site - well organised and easy to use. Very informative - will be looking forward to getting a copy of the book for myself. Pozieres was such a horrific battle, and these Men have never been given the accolades they deserved.
Karin Jones Karin Jones from Perth wrote on 22 February, 2017 at 3:49 am
A wonderfully written and detailed account of the West Australian Soldier Private James Duperouzal, who fought and lost his life in WW1. A treasure that will reside in the State Library of WA forever!
Stuart Macfarlan Stuart Macfarlan from Milton Keynes wrote on 19 February, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Dear Bill,

Just a quick note to say how impressed I am with 'Somewhere In France'.

You have taken individual research to a whole new level! Your book is incredibly well - researched, documented and illustrated and is an amazing tribute to your Uncle Jim - and all his comrades.

A magnificent effort, well done.


Jack Duperouzel Jack Duperouzel from Perth Western Australia wrote on 28 January, 2017 at 6:54 am
Bill & Jan
Congratulations to you both on your new website, and all the details of the Anzac Day Family visit to honour our Uncle Jim being killed in the first world war 51 ST Battalion AIF. Also to follow on with your DNA sample in case his remains may be identified sometime in the future.

love from your elder brother Jack
Lauren Levine Lauren Levine from London wrote on 17 October, 2016 at 3:34 pm
The website looks absolutely fab Bill!
Marcelle van Soest Marcelle van Soest from Quinns Rocks, Western Australia wrote on 29 September, 2016 at 3:53 am
Thank you so much for letting me know about your 'new & improved' web site. It's informative, interesting, and a credit to both you and Jan for all the long hours of hard work & dedication to this fantastic labour of love.

Cheers to you both

Paul Cobb Paul Cobb from Lechlade UK wrote on 6 September, 2016 at 9:29 pm
Bill - thanks for alerting me to the re-launch of your website. Plenty of good information on these pages and a fine selection of photos of your tour in 2016. I hope your book continues to attract interest and that the 51st Bn AIF lives on through works such as yours.