French blood

November 4, 2008 suesbent
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Deception is a novel written by Michael Meehan and published this year. It is about a young Australian man who traces his family tree to Paris during the student riots of 1978. He meets an obnoxious young lady in Paris who is also researching her own family history and their two tales are entwined both in the past and in the “present”. They relive the disruption of the French Revolution amidst the disruption of the student riots. The tale follows the journeys of their ancestors from Paris to New Caledonia, Australia, and then out to the South Australian desert near Mount Deception. Colourful characters abound; the ancient French aunts still living but not for long, and the homeless vagrant intellectual who is a font of all knowledge although banned from the libraries of Paris.

 

Reading this story aroused in me a thought to trace the French branch of my own family tree. All I have heard through family stories is that they fled France during the French Revolution, arrived in England, changed their name, and then eventually traveled to Australia. I knew my Great Grandmother who died as an old lady many years ago when I was still a young girl; still too young to be interested in family history.

 

I will trace this line of my family tree, learn the history, and then perhaps at some future time I will go back to France and visit the places they once lived.

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