The story of the author's love affair with a 140 year-
old house, The Almonds, which she purchased with
her husband in 1969, and which subsequently gained
a highly significant building classification from the
National Trust of South Australia.
Through family letters, diaries, documents, memoirs
and photographs, Judith Brown has pieced together
the lives of each member of the Belt family, who lived
in The Almonds, Walkerville, for 93 years. Their both
stoic and eccentric characters are revealed with
affection. She also provides a well-documented
picture of life in colonial Adelaide and the village and
village-folk of Walkerville.
Reviews of the books
The author is obviously steeped in love for the
past in Australia.
Her book is not only a historical document, but
a poignant story of a passing parade of people
warmly and often humourously brought to life
through their letters and diaries.
(Sunday) Mail Magazine
Her book is an unabashed charmer, lively,
perceptive and intelligently uninhibited.
I have been so charmed by a tale well told that I
cannot help but wonder why all historical research
does not hold the reader with equal strength.
Mr. Dean Berry, President of the National Trust
of South Australia
The result... is a very readable book, full of local
interest, but... it is selling well in other States as
well as in South Australia.
The Australian Women's Weekly
Augustus Short, DD, Bishop of Adelaide
A vivid account of the life of the first bishop of the
Anglican see of Adelaide, Augustus Short DD, who
was also the first Vice-Chancellor of the University
of Adelaide. The author describes the history of the
Anglican Church in South Australia, and the vital
role of the first bishop in laying the foundations of
the diocese and its institutions. The biography also
reveals with keen detail the character of Dr. Short,
whether travelling horseback on missionary tours
throughout the Outback of the State, or in fiery
debate with the Anglican establishment of the time
Here is a factual account of religious pioneering
far removed from weak tea and gentle bickering
within cloistered walls.
This is a thorough examination of the field and
will no doubt become the standard reference.
Mrs. Judith Brown...has written a vivid and
interesting account of Bishop Short, which is
enlivened by the use of family correspondence...
I heartily commend the book to you all.
The Adelaide Church Guardian
It is a book which will not only heighten the
admiration of SA Anglicans for their first bishop
but also takes readers of any creed on an
interesting journey through the early days of life
in the city and Outback.
Country Life in Pioneer South Australia
A beautiful coffee-table book recapturing the
colonial days of South Australia. The author, Judith
Brown, reveals the different ways of life of the
owners of a fascinating diversity of pioneer houses
illustrated in fine colour photographs by Barbara
Mullins. Judith's research uncovered homes still
occupied and others abandoned, and reveals the lives
of their tenacious inhabitants, including a whaler, a
pastoralist, a preacher, a miner, and some of the
women of South Australia.
Adelaide historian Judith Brown provides a vivid
link with history in her most recent book... She
helps the reader to feel the drama, tragedy,
poignancy and humour that, in all times and
places, is today's pattern for tomorrow.
Town Life in Pioneer South Australia
The companion volume to Country Life in Pioneer
Australia, commissioned by publisher Rigby's due
to the success of the former volume, and once again
produced by the talented team of author Judith Brown
and photographer Barbara Mullins. The book focuses
on houses in the city and suburbs and their diverse
owners (each with a different occupation) to again
depict the fascinating spectrum of life in the pioneer
The Great Australian Book of Horses
A coffee-table book of 26 chapters, in which Judith
Brown interviews racing trainer extraordinaire Bart
Cummings, discusses Harness Racing in Australia,
and describes how a farrier shoes a horse. Further
chapters present how-to advice for dressage,
polocrosse, hunting and trotting, and articles on
Australian Horses at War and Mounted Police in
Australia. Other noted South Australian contributors
include Margaret Clarke, Tom Roberts and Neville
Sprod. Photographs are by Peter Gower.
Historic Homesteads of Australia Vol.II
ed. Australian Council of National Trusts,
pub. National Trusts of Australia, 1976
Another magnificent publication introducing
Australia's most historic homesteads, with hundreds
of photographs including colour plates. Judith Brown
contributed an article on Para Para, the 1851-built
home of The Hon. Walter Duffield. This historic
house was twice visited by Queen Victoria's son,
the Duke of Edinburgh: once to walk through the
gardens, and the second time in 1869 to lunch.
Australian Dictionary of Biography Vol.
eds. B. Nairn and G. Serle;
pub. Melbourne University Press; Cambridge
University Press, 1983
Judith Brown's contribution told of the life of NSW-
born William Austin Horn, who married Nelly Belt
of The Almonds (the author's earlier home), but was
more widely known as financer of the Horn Scientific
Expedition to the Macdonald Ranges in 1894, having
made his money as Director of the Silverton mine.
Australian Biographical and Genealogical
Published in 1989 and one of four volumes of 'pocket
biographies' aiming to document all those persons
born or who arrived in Australia before 1842. This
project was undertaken by the Australian Biographical
and Genealogical Record, a non-profit, independent
research unit, established in 1982 to coordinate and
compile biographical and genealogical details about
early Australians. Judith Brown wrote on Reverend
Matthew Henry Hodge, her great-grandfather, and
the first Congregational Minister at Port Adelaide.
Biographical Dictionary of the Australian
ed. A. Millar, pub. Melbourne University Press 2004
This second volume of The Biographical Dictionary
of the Australian Senate covers the period from 1929
to 1962. Among the authors of articles on 103 male
senators, one woman and the three clerks who served
them, Judith Brown writes on the careers of AlexanderJohn McLachlan and Sir Keith Cameron Wilson. TheBiographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate
is compiled and edited in the Biographical
Dictionary Unit in the Department of the Senate,
Parliament House, Canberra.
Australian Dictionary of Biography Volume 18
ed. M. Nolan, Pub. Melbourne University Press 2012
This is the 18th volume of this series which first came
out in 1966 when Douglas Pike was General Editor. It is
a valuable source of history, covering the diverse lives of
farmers, stockmen, judges, artists and politicians, among Judith’s contribution is on the life of Senator Keith Cameron Wilson (later Sir Keith), who Judith remembers from her youth as a kind and courteous neighbour.
Place of Pines
Pub. December 2012
Place of Pines begins in England in 1913, sweeps through
forty years covering two world wars, the Depression in
Australia and the Resistance movement in France during
the Second World War, before ending back in England.
It took Judith Brown seven years to research and write
and there is a seven-page bibliography for those wanting
more information. There is also a Glossary for those
unfamiliar with some Australian words. Place of
Pines is a meticulously researched historical romance.
Historic Houses of Australia
This book documents 37 houses of quality and
individuality, whether Georgian, Gothic, or High
Victorian, that have all contributed to a recognisably
Australian type of architecture. The book tells of the
people who built the houses as well as showing the
details of design and workmanship. Judith Brown
contributes articles on Ayers House, Adelaide, home