Books

  • Corruption and Skullduggery: Edward Lord, Maria Riseley and Hobart’s tempestuous beginnings
    Published:
    2015

    Hobart’s first tycoons and how they got there – a story of widespread corruption by almost everyone in early Van Diemen’s Land.

  • The ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian lady adventurer
    Published:
    2013

    What a woman! Intelligent, capable if eccentric, interested in everything from ridding Tasmania of snakes to building a Greek museum – and finding her husband’s fate.

  • Beneath the Mountain: a history of South Hobart
    Published:
    2015

    South Hobart is a charming suburb with a fascinating history: industrial activity, the Female Factory, developing residential areas amid great scenic beauty.

  • A mortal flame: the life of Marie Bjelke-Petersen
    Published:
    2013

    From 1917 to 1939 Marie Bjelke-Petersen published nine heart-throbbing, pulsating romantic novels set mainly in Tasmania – though she herself was a lesbian.

  • The Southern Midlands: a history
    Published:
    2012

    Aborigines, bushrangers, convicts, grasping landowners, embezzling town clerk, publicans, sportsmen and women – the Southern Midlands has them all.

  • From tiny acorns mighty Oaks grow: the history of Oak Tasmania
    Published:
    2010

    The care of children with handicaps, and attitudes to them, has changed enormously since the 1950s, but the love and devotion at Oak Tasmania remain unaltered.

  • Jane Franklin Hall
    Published:
    2010

    The University of Tasmania’s first residential college, founded in 1950: student life, pranks, work, and changing attitudes.

  • Tasmania’s convicts: how felons built a free society
    Published:
    2010

    Tasmania started as the society with the most felons: what effect did this have? This book describes the convict system and its results, up to the present.

  • Yours very truly: Dobson Mitchell & Allport 1834–2009
    Published:
    2009

    A legal firm, starting in early colonial days, developing and growing into a modern dynamic firm.

  • Published:
    2006

    Just the history of the council, not the whole city: how the administration and its activities changed over a century and a half.

  • Published:
    2006

    An early agricultural area, now partly urbanised, with many fascinating aspects: Australia’s oldest family farm, Hobart’s first aerodrome, a vibrant modern council.

  • Mary Ogilvy: the evolution of a grand lady: the Mary Ogilvy Homes Society, 1946–2006
    Published:
    2006

    Old age care has changed immensely since the home was opened – a fascinating story of dedicated care and adaptation to change.

  • The companion to Tasmanian History
    Published:
    2005

    A compendium of 1075 articles by 105 covering every aspect of Tasmania’s history.

  • Published:
    2003

    Everything possible about Clarence: city and country, agriculture and industry, sport, schools, big events, the way people have lived, churches, hospitals, wartime …

  • A wealth of women: the extraordinary experiences of ordinary Australian women from 1788 to today
    Published:
    2001

    The lives of Australia’s women, recreated from many stories sent in to the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra.

  • Students first!: Tasmania University Union 1899–1999
    Published:
    2000

    The activities of uni students over a century, from pranks to serious pursuits – and those pranks of the 1920s were pretty exciting.

  • Putting people first
    Published:
    2000

    In fact the story of many Tasmanian credit unions which united to form Island State, now part of MyState.

  • State of the Union: Tasmania University Union 1899–1999
    Published:
    1999

    A photographic collection illustrating the activities of students over a century.

  • Charles Davis: 150 years
    Published:
    1998

    From convict to tinsmith to industrialist/shopkeeper, developing one of Tasmania’s biggest businesses which remained in the family for three generations, but is now gone.

  • Glenorchy 1804-1964
    Published:
    1998

    This was my first commissioned history. Glenorchy is the northern half of Hobart, and has always had a distinct personality of its own, less public service and government than Hobart, more industrial and working-class. I grew up there and have a fond spot for it. In 1983 the Glenorchy City Council...

  • You’re in Roo country: the history of the Clarence District Football Club, 1884–1996
    Published:
    1996

    What a wonderful time I had writing this book, the story of a marvellous community club, its highs and lows, premierships and wooden spoons.

  • Blue, Black and White
    Published:
    1996

    The oldest continuing school in Australia, Launceston Grammar has a great story: different educational styles, headmasters, varied students and background situations.

  • The history of the Australian Maritime College
    Published:
    1994

    A short history of only twelve years, but a fascinating story of training all sorts of people for maritime activity.

  • Published:
    1992

    The Zinc Works has a fascinating story: from the pioneer activity of 1916 to the huge giant, Hobart’s largest employer, of the 1950s, then change under different owners.

  • A heritage of welfare and caring: the EZ Community Council, 1918–1991
    Published:
    1991

    The Zinc Works bosses combatted unionism by employer-worker united action. They set up a community council to organise welfare schemes, and this is its story.

  • Glenorchy 1964–1998
    Published:
    1986

    The second volume of Glenorchy’s history, as it develops in size, population and activities from 1964 to 1998 ,when it was threatened with amalgamation with Hobart.

  • Published:
    1986

    A school text book for primary schools, now out of print.

  • Governors’ ladies: the wives and mistresses of Van Diemen’s Land’s governors
    Published:
    1986

    What stories of immorality and corruption I uncovered researching and writing this book! The most popular book I have written

  • Billabong’s daughter: the life of Mary Grant Bruce
    Published:
    1979

    From 1910 to 1942 Mary Grant Bruce wrote 38 children’s books, notably the Billabong series, much-loved classics of Australia station life.