“…it’s a story of life’s struggles in 19th century Scottish villages, the trials and trepidation of emigration to Australia and the excitement of settlement.”
“The Chisholm Letters, a Tale of a Town Scavenger, is much more than a family history (although it is that); it’s a story of life’s struggles in 19th century Scottish villages, the trials and trepidation of emigration to Australia and the excitement of settlement. As you follow the divergent life stories of various Chisholm family memories you’re treated to a treasure trove of fascinating detail, transporting you back to a different age.
Beautifully illustrated with historical and current photographs, maps and delightful drawings, this is a saga to be dipped into time and time again.
With her careful research, Kim has produced a wonderful volume – lively, engaging and above all, authentic.
I’d highly recommend The Chisholm Letters as an absorbing read, which celebrates life in more difficult times.” D. Betts
The Chisholm Letters reveal the raw story of Colin Chisholm. He was born in Dingwall, in the Scottish Highlands in 1803, and lived most of his life in Nairn, near Inverness. The pages lay bare his struggles, worries and friendships as a poor working-class family man whose job placed him at the bottom of the social ladder in Nairn. Fortunes and misfortunes unravel through letters between Colin and his siblings who relocated to various parts of the globe. Their lives are richly painted through the harsh reality of the social conditions of the time, and are further illustrated with maps, photos, paintings and historic references. After Colin’s death in 1868, through an assortment of notes, the reader follows the lives of Colin’s children and his siblings in the UK, Canada and Australia up to the early 1900’s.