iOTA 18

Here is the next issue of iOTA, my little fanzine about the project to research and write the history of fandom in Australia up until 1975. In includes a lot of Lee Harding’s early fannish writing and the first chapter in draft to be written for this history which tells the story of Melbourne fandom … More iOTA 18

Tuesday

(A version of this piece originally appeared in ANZAPA Mailing 316, August 2020) My life is remarkably unexciting, sometimes in an interesting way.  Take last Tuesday for example.           I count it as a good start to the day when I sleep in to 7am, so the day began well.  Other days I can be … More Tuesday

The Post War Project in Western Australia

This one is a paper I wrote for an Engineering Heritage conference, held in the Old Parliament House in Canberra.  A lovely location and a good conference.  It was published in the conference proceedings.  It pulls together a lot of work I’d done on Main Roads Western Australia, the State Electricity Commission of Western Australia … More The Post War Project in Western Australia

The history of Australian fandom at Continuum

At last year’s Melbourne convention we held a panel item about the history of fandom in Australia.  On the panel were me (as moderator), Lee Harding, Dick Jenssen and Rob Gerrand. The panel discussed the beginnings of modern fandom, mainly in Melbourne, in the 1950s, including earlier exposure to science fiction, the public attitude to … More The history of Australian fandom at Continuum