Nicholas O'Donnell

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The story of a remarkable Irishman Nicholas O'Donnell has been edited by Val Noone. It is a gem of local, family and social history. Born in 1862 at Bullengarook in central Victoria, O'Donnell graduated in medicine, married NZ born Molly Bruen and for many years lived in West Melbourne. Before the arrival of the internet and ancestry.com he researched his and his wife's parents and others who migrated from Ireland, especially from Limerick. Hundreds of readers will undoubtedly discover links and missing ancestors.

Although O'Donnell died in 1920 his descendants have cared for his manuscript calling it his "diary". Val Noone has now edited it with an introduction and an epilogue. This attractive volume, soon to be released is a "must read". Illustrated it contains 346 pages and includes a detailed index.