by Brooke Duncan
A RUSSIAN proverb says "you live as long as you are remembered” and, thanks to Bill McCutcheon, his ancestors will live for a long time to come.
His family history has been compiled and published in a book called Tapestry of Time: The Bill and Barbara McCutcheon Story, is for sale at the Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre.
Mr McCutcheon said at first he and his wife only sold the book to friends and family but, after substantial sales, decided to offer it to others.
The book was researched and written by Dr Tony Matthews and his wife Lensie, and Mr McCutcheon said it covered a wide swathe of history.
"It covers a lot of the reasons why our families left their home countries to come here, and covers the potato famines in Ireland, the infamous Clearances in Scotland, which most have never heard of, and some style of the persecution that went on in Prussia,” he said.
The book also covers the family's history in Australia up to Mr and Mrs McCutcheon themselves.
"We wanted it to be a readable book with a good story, and Tony Matthews has done a very good job of that,” Mr McCutcheon said.
"There's some colourful episodes in there.”
The Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre aims to promote local and regional authors, artisans and producers by selling merchandise from suppliers of art, crafts, gourmet delights, hand-made gifts and fiction and non-fiction books.