T L Whalan, writing as Tegan Whalan, will soon be releasing The Wirrabara Whalans, a family history project. Alongside Clynton Whalan and Leonie Whalan, Tegan has been researching and writing a non-fiction book spanning four generations and 200 years. Scheduled for release by October 2024.

A story of some of the first pioneers of South Australia…

Journey through time with a captivating story of Irish settlers in the mid north of South Australia. Spanning from 1810 to modern times, this compelling narrative immerses readers in the lives of 48 resilient Whalans and their enduring legacy in Wirrabara.

Through meticulously researched mini- biographies spanning four generations, experience the joys and sorrows of family life as the Whalans navigate the Great Irish Famine, immigration, pioneer life, land leases, agricultural labour, the depression, and global conflicts.

This book is more than just a family history – it’s a testament to the enduring power of ordinary lives that, when viewed together, create a rich tapestry worthy of celebration.

This book explores the lives of:
• Honora Barrett (later married James Flanagan and John Harrison),
• Timothy Whalan and Mary Whalan (nee Flanagan),
• Patrick O’Dwyer and Bridget O’Dwyer (nee Flanagan),
• Thomas Reynolds and Jane Reynolds (nee Bland),
• John Henry Reynolds and Mary Anne Reynolds (nee Nayda),
and many more families.