About Bernard Whimpress

I am one of Australia’s most active sports historians. A former sports magazine journalist and photographer I have written and edited 36 books, mainly on cricket.


  1. Matthew O'Donnell · July 2, 2013

    Dear Bernard,

    My name is Matthew O’Donnell and I’m doing some initial research into 19th century football matches in South Australia that involved Aboriginal players. This would potentially be for a strand in a history TV programme made by the company I work for, Artemis Films. I would love to discuss this with you further if you have the time. Thanks very much.

    Kind Regards,

    Matthew O’Donnell

  2. gkocajrielle · October 28, 2013

    Hi Bernard,
    My name is Gabrielle Kocaj and I work at the Australian Council for Educational Research, I’m trying to get a holw ot the publication you published titled Way College, 1892-1903, if you could send me an email, kocaj@acer.edu.au I can give you some more information,
    Thanks Gabrielle

  3. Ronda McIntyre · March 16, 2015

    Hi Bernard. I am a great grand daughter of Isaac from the Lost in the Bush story of 1864 who was found by Dick a Dick an Aboriginal black tracker and member of the Australian Aboriginal cricket team that toured England in 1868. I am wondering if you are able to tell me if Amelia, his wife attended on tour also and if he had any children that went with him. I believe the ship called “The Parramatta” was a wool clipper and left Sydney in February of 1868 and arrived in England Gravesend on the 13th of May 1868. I am unsure of which ship the team returned to Australia on which state and the dates. I assume that this was about January of 1869. I am interested in whatever detail you may have discovered in relation to Dick a Dick and appreciate any response to this email. I have had difficulty in getting shipping intelligence.

    In ancipation,


  4. Ronda McIntyre · March 17, 2015

    Thank you so much for your prompt and additional assistance with Dick a Dick and his tour of England 1868. I will follow up the specific leads you have suggested. I also intend to visit the Harrow cricket Museum (Johnny Mullagh) which is not far from Horsham. You seem passionate about what you do and I am grateful for your help.



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