Preface and Acknowledgements
From: The Wheel of Things
Mollie Gillen (née Woolnough; 1908–2009) was an Australian historian, researcher, writer and novelist. Her work on the First Fleet, in The search for John Small, First Fleeter and The Founders of Australia: A Biographical Dictionary of the First Fleet, explored the idea that many of the founding families of Australia were descended from the convict population, rather than those sent to guard them. Gillen's article Maud Montgomery: The Girl Who Wrote Green Gables instigated a new era in scholarship on Lucy Maud Montgomery.