ISBN 978-0-9946431-9-3

Against The Tide

Pride in their new country, hard work, entrepreneurship, love affairs and heartbreak are part of the story of four young women and their lives in colonial New South Wales.

Against the Tide is a true story of the three wives and sister of an educated convict, Thomas Armitage Salmon who arrived in Sydney in 1831 on the York. For his white collar crime, he served seven years as a clerk to the Superintendent of Stores at Emu Plains.

Thomas’s beautiful young wife Sarah and their four young children, accompanied by his devoted sister Mary Ann, followed on the Princess Victoria arriving in Sydney in 1834. After a year the enterprising Sarah opened the successful Rose Inn on the Western Highway in Penrith.

The vehement politics of the day were chronicled by another wife. She was Ann the widow of Robert Howe, of the Howe family newspaper dynasty. Her paper, The Sydney Gazette supported the liberal Governor Richard Bourke and her stand, and that of her lover, William Watt, saw many enemies made among the elites. Ann’s enterprising spirit saw her as one of the first settlers on the newly explored Macleay River.

This book follows the lives of these interesting women interwoven with the growth of the colony. It details the changes to self government and the law, the end of transportation, opening of large tracts of agricultural land serviced by road, rail and sea travel, public schooling, the arts and leisure.

ISBN 978-0-6484905-0-0

Colour of Shame

Set amid the tropical beauty of the Tweed Valley this true story unfolds before World War I. Stella, a confidant young woman from a respected South Coast family, travels alone by steamer and train to Murwillumbah in Northern New South Wales. She is visiting her German grandfather Carl Ahrens and his young wife and family. Carl a blacksmith by trade is trying his hand growing sugar cane on the slopes of Terranora. Sugar, the growing industry, is supported by a workforce of Pacific Islander whose families had been brought to Queensland as indentured labourers.

Stella is swept off her feet by Claude, a young man from a prominent family and the story begins.

Family tragedy, heartbreak, love and courage are the elements of this poignant tale.

About the Author

After a career as a colourist for a firm of commercial photographers in Sydney; an entrepreneurial life in Sydney with her own catering and events design company (Perry Snodgrass Catering); becoming co-founder of the Sydney chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES); then in her holiday rental and real estate firm dealing exclusively with French properties (Perry Snodgrass French Fields).

Perry moved to Daylesford in Victoria and practiced full time as an artist for ten years. She exhibited in the Convent Gallery, Pantechnicon, Impressions Gallery and Hill End Gallery all in Daylesford, Tin Shed Arts Gallery in Malmsbury, Woollahra Times Gallery in Sydney and the ARTspace@209 gallery in North Adelaide. Her colourful work has also appeared on wine labels and greeting cards.

She moved to Adelaide in 2007 and completed an Associate Visual Arts Degree at the Adelaide Central School of Art followed by a Graduate Diploma in Art History and a Degree of Master of Arts (Studies in Art History) at the University of Adelaide.

Having lived her passions of food, France, art and scholarship, Perry has taken up a pen and crafted her first book painting a well researched picture-in-words of life in colonial Australia as seen through the lives of four strong and productive women.