Boots, shoes & seeds


The life of Peter Field

Winner of the Don Grant Award 2015 for the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus (Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc.)

Orphaned at 15 months and consigned to an English workhouse: this was Peter Field’s bleak start in life. But he made the most of his opportunities, and with a sense of adventure, set out for Australia. There, with energy, hard work and entrepreneurial skill, Peter built up a prosperous boot manufacturing business in Toowoomba with retail stores throughout southern Queensland.

He survived insolvency in the 1890s depression and contributed generously to the local community and the Church of England. In retirement, Peter and his wife, Sarah, established one of the most popular guesthouses in Toowoomba, which ran successfully for 30 years.

Peter’s story, told by his great-grandson, is richly enhanced with over 100 photographs, maps and figures.

  • Specs:
    148mmx210mm, 270 pages, Paperback
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  • Author:
    John Field

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