Ours, Yours and Mines

By Carmel McMurdo Audsley

Historical fiction, Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


An historical novel based on real people and places in the period 1861 to 1913, set amidst the poverty and overcrowding in the miners’ rows of Ayrshire Scotland. The author has put words into the mouths of her ancestors to create a picture of life for large mining families and how they battled sickness and disease, and barely eked out a living. The story begins with Thomas and Margaret McMurdo and their growing family and describes their simple lives crowded into a two-room dwelling in a miners’ row. There are many highs and lows for the family. You will be introduced to their children, and particularly their eldest son George who (against her mother’s wishes) marries 18-year-old Mary Hamilton, a carefree, educated young woman. You will read of the family’s friendship with well-known union activist Keir Hardie. It’s a story about the struggles of the miners and their families – the men who slaved away underground facing daily dangers, and the women who worked hard bearing and raising large families and praying that their men would return unharmed from the pits. The overwhelming sadness will tug at your heartstrings – and to make this story more poignant, it really happened.


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An historical novel based on real people and places in the period 1861 to 1913, set amidst the poverty and overcrowding in the miners’ rows of Ayrshire Scotland. The author has put words into the mouths of her ancestors to create a picture of life for large mining families and how they battled sickness and disease, and barely eked out a living. The story begins with Thomas and Margaret McMurdo and their growing family and describes their simple lives crowded into a two-room dwelling in a miners’ row. There are many highs and lows for the family. You will be introduced to their children, and particularly their eldest son George who (against her mother’s wishes) marries 18-year-old Mary Hamilton, a carefree, educated young woman. You will read of the family’s friendship with well-kno...


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Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist, Editor and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. They both had Scottish fathers, share a mutual love of Scotland and have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors in the country that they love to visit. As a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor, Carmel has written, and had published, thousands of news stories and feature articles and has now turned her research and writing skills to digging up the past and breathing life into the characters she finds. Her first historical fiction novel, Ours, Yours and Mines, about the mining families of Ayrshire Scotland, was published in 2012 and captured the hearts of readers as the story unfolded about the harsh living conditions in the mid-1800s and the sad loss of life. Far Across The Sea continued the story with a young man from Scotland travelling to the sunny shores of Australia. Carmel’s third book, Faeries, Farms and Folk, details the lives of farming folk in the south-west of Scotland who were uprooted from their ancestral homes at the time of the industrial revolution. The books are all based on Carmel’s family history. She now devotes all her writing and editing time to producing Scots News Magazine for ex-pat Scots in Australia, and researching and writing historical fiction.


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Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist, Editor and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. They both had Scottish fathers, share a mutual love of Scotland and have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors in the country that they love to visit. As a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor, Carmel has written, and had published, thousands of news stories and feature ar...


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