Born in Australia in 1939, the Crescent Beach resident has written A Deep Sense of Wrong: The Treason, Trials, and Transportation To New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels Following the Rebellions of 1837-38 (Dundurn, 1995). It's both an analysis of treason law and a work that combines Quebec and Australian history. With F. Murray Greenwood she co-wrote Uncertain Justice: Canadian Women and Capital Punishment 1754-1953 (Dundurn, 2000). She has co-authored Beyond Hope: An Illustrated History of the Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rush (Dundurn, 2003) with Bronwyn Short, also originally from Australia.

She has also written a trilogy of young adult novels, Sophie's Rebellion, Sophie's Treason (Dundurn, 2005) and Sophie's Exile (Dundurn, 2008). In the culminating volume, in the aftermath of the 1838 Rebellion in Lower Canada, 14-year-old Sophie Mallory sets sail wit her guardian Lady Theodosia Thornleigh to be with her father who has been wrongfully convicted of treason and deported to a penal colony in Australia.

[BCBW 2008] "Women" "Early B.C." "Gold" "Kidlit"