About

Eureka House specialises in the publication of manuscripts, journals, poetry etc. from first-time authors in order to assist them through the, at times, arduous process of publication.

We have a highly qualified staff who can assist you:

Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Bannister

Jill Blee is a writer and historian. Her fascination with the past and particularly the role the Irish played in shaping Australia has led her to explore ways and means of telling this country’s story. She has called on her imagination to present our convict past and our immigrant history to both adults and children in the fiction she has written, and she has used her research skills to produce histories which are easy to read while at the same time being accurate and informative.

Jill has written adult three novels, The Pines Hold Their Secrets ,about the infamous penal settlement of Norfolk Island, Brigid, about the Irish Potato Famine, and The Liberator’s Birthday, a novel set in the Irish community of Ballarat in 1875. All three were published as print books by Indra Publishing. In 2011, they were republished by Eureka House as ebooks.

The first of her historical novels for children, Convict Jack, is about to be published in both print and as an ebook by Eureka House.

Jill’s histories include From the Murray to the Sea: A History of Catholic Education in the Ballarat Diocese which was commissioned in 2002 by the Catholic Education Office in Ballarat.Other histories have been published in the Little Red Book Series produced by Exisle Publishing. The first of these, Eureka was published in April 2007, and two more Gold and Australian Aviation were released in October 2007.

Jill is currently working on the history of a legal firm in Ballarat which will be published in 2015 to coincide with the firm’s 160th anniversary, but there is always some fiction lurking in the background. Florrie (working title only) deals with inheritance and the rag trade in Moonee Ponds in the second half of the nineteenth century, and Abbie in the Abbey is the first of a series for children set in the great cathedrals of the world.
Jill is a life member of Ballarat Writers and a past board member of Writers Victoria.

Mark Bevelander has a Diploma in TAFE Teaching and an Advanced Diploma in Electronics. He has been the statewide manager of the TAFE Virtual Campus as well as being responsible for the development and publication of accredited Victorian TAFE learning materials.

Mark has a strong involvement in the development of a number of websites which has included working with and creating e-books. He also has a strong background in working with national and international standards covering libraries.

Mark’s personal interest is in photography and is currently a member of the YMCA Camera Group as well as a teacher in Photography at U3A.

James Bevelander has a Bachelor of Physical Arts (Drawing). He has been the multimedia designer at William Angliss and is currently designing videos and graphics for Bunnings for their learningmaterials for staff.

James is an active graphic artist and has sold a range of his work through galleries in Melbourne. He is currently designing some drawings for a children’s book prior to publication.