A lifelong Ballarat resident, Geoff McArthur has always had a deep fascination for the unique and extraordinary history of the gold rush city. He particularly enjoys uncovering and bringing “back to life” forgotten individuals who walked its streets a century before he did the same. An award-winning songwriter and accomplished musician, Geoff worked for 40 years in the Victorian public school system as a teacher, principal and consultant. Since retiring, he has been able to combine his musical pursuits with extensive research into the characters and stories of Victoria’s remarkable past. He and his partner Ann have been married for over 40 years and still live in Ballarat. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.