David Walker is Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at universities in the US, China and Denmark. His books include Dream and Disillusion: The Search for Australian Cultural Identity, and Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, which was awarded the Ernest Scott prize for History in 2001.
336 pages Paperback, 23.4 x 15.3 cm Published March 2011 ISBN 9781920882655
David Walker is a distinguished Australian cultural historian whose eyesight deteriorated suddenly at the end of 2004 as a result of macular degeneration. His blindness caused him to reconsider his own relation to the past, and the history of his family, which, like most families, left very few records. The result was the writing of this memoir, which traces the Walkers and the Bournes, from their settlement in the mid-north of South Australia, just south of the Goyder Line, in the late nineteenth century.