An abiding passion for books (part 2)

Paul is well known for his talks. He has a natural gift for telling history so vividly that the characters seem to burst free from their letters and journals, suddenly alive in the room, brushing page, ink and the ages from their clothes.

‘I’m flattered and honoured when people comment on it,’ he says, ‘but I’m not conscious of doing it.

‘My parents influenced me in my love of history. They seemed to know a lot when not a lot of Australian history was really known.

‘They took the family to the few places of historical interest there were in Sydney at the time: Vaucluse House and the Experiment Farm at Parramatta.

Vaucluse House. Photo © Brett Broadman, for Sydney Living Museums
Vaucluse House. Photo © Brett Broadman, for Sydney Living Museums

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