Historical information

This book relates the story of the Crossley community of St Brigids. It commences with the original Gunditjmara story and the story of the settlers original homes in Ireland. It traces farming and religious and school life of the region. It looks at church traditions and issues of the day such as conscription during World War 1.There is also a large section relating to a large number of families who settled in the district.


This book relates the story of the settlement and life of one of the earliest communities of Irish settlers in Australia. With many of the descendants of the original families still in the area today, it has strong relevance to the people of the Crossley area today

Physical description

Green tinted paperback with photograph of farming men with children and horses on front cover. Title and other text is dark brown edged in white. A number of Irish surnames are written in darker green on the paler part of front cover. This effect is also on back cover in tan lettering. The back cover description is written in brown text with image in oval above text.

Inscriptions & markings

This book is dedicated to the people of St Brigids, past and present, who have been makers and keepers of history- to the forebears of the St Brigid’s community who left their homes in search of a better life and to their descendants for whom St Brigid’s will always be a special place: a place where they have lived, loved, mourned and celebrated.
There are also a large number of people acknowledged for their assistance.