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

A History of Government and Administration in Victoria

In 2001 or thereabouts I was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Natural Resources to prepare a thematic study of the heritage of government and administration in Victoria.  Part of that process was to write a history of the topic before going on to a more detailed study of the built environment associated with that … More A History of Government and Administration in Victoria

Hurrah for Bruce Gillespie, Lewis Morley and Stephanie Lai

Here are the Ditmar winners for 2018, announced last weekend at the national sf convention in Perth and lifted shamelessly from the Australian SF Foundation website. In my line of work these days I have little time to read fiction so I only read one novel and the first few paragraphs of a short story, … More Hurrah for Bruce Gillespie, Lewis Morley and Stephanie Lai