Sydney Retro Speedfest

G’day Motorsport fans! I spent the weekend out at Sydney’s inaugural Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park. It was another awesome event, with some amazing cars including the Alan Jones’s and Jack Brabham’s Formula 1 championship winning cars, and a wide selection of classic Australian and international Sports and Racing cars.

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The Not-So-Promised Land: The Dutch in Amelia County, Virginia, 1868-1880 (HSRCA) by Janet Sjaarda Scheeres

The sad story of a little-known, short-lived Dutch immigrant settlement

After establishing a successful Dutch colony in Holland, Michigan, in 1847, Albertus Van Raalte turned his attention to the warmer climes of Amelia County, Virginia, where he attempted to establish a second colony. This volume by Janet Sheeres presents a carefully researched account of that colonization attempt with a thorough analysis of why it failed. Providing insights into the risks of new settlements that books on successful colonies overlook, this is the first major study of the Amelia settlement.

A well-told tale of high hopes but eventual failure, The Not-So-Promised Land concludes with a 73-page genealogy of everyone involved in the settlement, including their origins, marriages, births, deaths, denominations, occupations, and post-Amelia destinations.