In 1858, Doug Bradby’s paternal grandfather walked to Ballarat as a 10-year-old boy with his widowed mother. His maternal grandfather worked as a contractor erecting poppet heads on the Ballarat mines. He dismantled the last mine in Ballarat in 1920. Doug is a retired history teacher and taught for 30 years in Ballarat schools. He is currently Sovereign Hill’s ambassador to local schools and a guide at the gold museum. Doug’s Black Dog Books titles include Our Stories: Life on the Goldfields and Our Stories: Life in Colonial Australia.