Salmons of Ashmont





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family memoir by Anita Buswell, 1996, E edition 2020.

Anita Buswell talks about her family as she was growing up. The memoir covers several decades of the 20th century in rural New South Wales, as seen through the eyes of one of the younger members of a large family.

Ashmont was the name of the land where the family led by James and Mary Ann Salmon lived from around 1922. Then on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga, NSW, it is now part of a suburb in that city. James and Mary Ann had 10 children and this book tells of their personalities, interests and conflicts and the financial difficulties faced during the Depression years.

In telling the stories of each of 10 children and their parents, Anita Buswell shows how rural New South Wales changed during the first half of the 20th century. The children went to school on horseback, by horse and sulky or on bicycles. Dad finally bought a car for his eldest daughter. Family pastimes included exploits on horses, flying lessons, violin classes, singing and dancing, bush poetry. The book includes photos of family members and their beloved horses, and the cover drawing by Denise McKenzie is based on iconic family imagery.

Anita Buswell wrote and published this book in 1996 and held a memorable book launch at the time. Anita did not intend the book solely for family members, as she was well aware that her stories are relevant for the local history of rural Australia.