" ... it's hard to believe that this is the first biography about one of Australia's founding fathers. Cherry's highly recommended, forensically researched book challenges earlier historical accounts, sheds new light on the colourful and controversial man and his many contributions to our history, and highlights the important story of the Macleay women ... A superb read."

Paula Grunseit, Australia & New Zealand Inside History Magazine

"Unbelievably this is the first biography about this colourful Scotsman. Author and historian Derelie Cherry (PhD'04) brings to light Macleay's eccentricities as well as his many achievements ... The book, with foreword by Stephen Garton, is enhanced by beautiful illustrations and photos taken by the author ... Finally, there is a book worthy of this founding father of Australia."

University of Sydney Alumni Magazine

"This beautifully illustrated book makes a proud addition to Australia's historical store, especially since Alexander Macleay was so influential in colonial NSW. .. Yet he has been afforded no complete biography until now... Verdict: Rich in social and political history."

Barbara Baker, The Courier- Mail

"Derelie Cherry set out to study Macleay for a PhD at the University of Sydney and decided to use her considerable experience in publishing to produce this biography herself. The result is a very handsome book, lavishly illustrated with many plates in colour ... Cherry has also been able to visit many scattered Macleay sites and her photographs add both interest and depth to the text."

Beverley Kingston, Review of the Week, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times

"For a person who played such a significant role in the early decades of the nation it is surprising that a comprehensive biography of Alexander Macleay has not before this been written ... Today, Alexander Macleay is perhaps not as well remembered as he should be for his many achievements ... This carefully researched and annotated book will do much to remedy that."

Australian Heritage

"This is a spectacular book. Beautifully printed on quality paper, stitched and glued binding, with a strong hard-back cover, and like another of Derelie's books, full of photos, illustrations and colour plates ... careful and obviously meticulous research ... This is history at its bests. I strongly recommend this book as it is much more than a biography of a Scotsman. For anyone interested in the first 50 years or so of the colony of New South Wales, it provides much information."

Gary Croker, Camellia News

"We are excited to see that Derelie Cherry has completed a Biography of Alexander Macleay. The Linnean Society holds a collection of Macleay Correspondence and we were delighted that this could provide vital information for this fantastic Biography."

The Linnean Society of London www.linnean.org

"For a man who was so intricately involved in colonial Sydney, it is remarkable that there has never been a biography written of Alexander Macleay. But, author Derelie Cherry, has filled the void with her carefully researched and perfectly illustrated biographical history book, Alexander Macleay from Scotland to Sydney ... Derelie Cherry has left no stone unturned in her biography and sources some spectacular paintings, sketches and photographs to build a picture of the era and one of Australia's significant colonial characters."

Natalie Williams, The Senior

"Digging Deep reveals surprises ... An 18-year-long obsession with the controversial colonial figure Alexander Macleay has produced author Derelie Cherry's latest book ... after almost two decades of research and several fact finding missions in Sydney and overseas ... a fascinating story of intrigue."

Geraldine Cardozo, Central Coast Express Advocate

"... traces the life of this colonial figure, whose story is one of adventure and a life-long passion for natural history and fauna."

Australian House & Garden

"Alexander Macleay had a huge impact on colonial Australia ... Until this beautiful book, Macleay hasn't really been given the recognition he deserves..." www.blogs.abc.net.au/nsw/statewide-drive

Scott Levi, 92.5 ABC Central Coast

" ... we had a fantastic lesson on Alexander Macleay from the wonderful Derelie Cherry, who has dedicated many years to her book Alexander Macleay from Scotland to Sydney ... "

James Valentine, 702 ABC Sydney

"His story, compiled by Derelie Cherry from 18 years of sleuthing, is a great read and new view of early colonial life."

Jennifer Stackhouse, Gardening Australia Magazine

"Researched, written and published by Dr Derelie Cherry, PhD, this authoritative biography of Alexander Macleay is the first about this extraordinary man after whom many Sydney landmarks are named ... I have an abiding interest in well researched and written biographies, and this particular one certainly had me hooked."

Noelle Weatherley, Horticultural Media Australia

"This is a long-overdue biography of Alexander Macleay, the collection of the tens of thousands of insects that form the foundation of the Macleay Museum's collections."

Sydney University Museums, The University of Sydney

"The first biography about this extraordinary Scottish gentleman is a detailed and copiously-illustrated 450-page hardback."

The Scots Magazine

"... the first biography mapping the life and legacies of colonial figure Alexander Macleay. ... the most comprehensive of its kind, with well researched storytelling and an extensive bibliography. Stunning photographs and reproductions of paintings help to transport you to a bygone era."

The Garden Gurus Magazine

462 pages | 235mm x 170mm |
AUD $59.95 |
History/ Biography |
ISBN 9 780646 55752 6 | cased/jacket
Illustrated >140 colour and black/white photographs