Robert Westphal is a passionate historian and spent much time researching his ancestry for this novel. He is a descendant of the Foster and O’Neill families. By day Robert was a partner of Ernst and Young for 25 years. His novel is centred around early Australia in the 1800’s. Thomas O’Neill is a convict and tailor who was sent to Sydney and appointed as Governor King’s tailor. He then establishes his business in Upper Pitts Row.
Come along to hear Robert’s exciting story about why he wrote the novel, the voyage of the Friendship, the early 1800’s convict system, and the early settlers in Mosman.