THE PREMIER AND THE PASTORALIST: WILLIAM MORGAN AND PETER WAITE
by James Waite
MorganWakefield Press, $34.95 hb, 192 pp, 9781862549722
Family histories have their limitations. One compensation is to discover famous or infamous ancestors. In most Australian states, disinterring a convict becomes a badge of honour. In South Australia, having a nineteenth-century premier and a noted pastoralist in one’s lineage advances a claim to fame. Author James Waite Morgan is the great-grandson of two notable colonial figures, and the captivating title of his new book, The Premier and the Pastoralist, above portraits of William Morgan and Peter Waite on the jacket, intimates a strong relationship between two powerful men. There isn’t one.