Robert Hodge has had a lifetime career as an agricultural and farming consultant, since graduating in Agriculture from the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide, in 1961. He has worked for and consulted to Industry and Governments. As a trainer, lecturer, and Head of School he has taught and managed at various TAFE Colleges, and has advised on and managed State and Federal Government and Industry funded national and international projects.

He has lived and worked in Europe, North Africa, Asia, China, the Middle East and the Pacific. He is fluent in English and French and is a keen student of history.

Since retiring, he has travelled widely to research and write the story of one set of Australian great-grandparents. His recreational pastimes include wine-making from his small vineyard on the South Australian Fleurieu Peninsula, and drawing and painting.

He is writing on 21st-century migration to Australia that follows his historical work Away from Tipperary, Nicholas Sadleir, Australian Gentlemen. This website is to help others writing family histories with a special emphasis on:

  • Irish history
  • The Irish in Australia in the 19th century
  • Immigrant shipping in the 19th century
  • The Australian gold rushes
  • The extension of Irish independence movements to Australian attitudes and habits
  • The history of Australian pastoralism
  • Stories of colonisation and Australian Aboriginal dispossession
  • Sources of information for researchers and writers