Buffalo Men (2018)

BUFFALO MEN IMG_5430An extended family history, this is the story of buffalo hunters Joe and Reuben Cooper. Reuben was also one of the founders of the Northern Territory Football League and his descendants have remained prominent in the sport.

John Mehaffey: a Life in Sport (2018)

JOHN MEHAFFEY 1 IMG_5328John Mehaffey’s life centred around sport. A South Australian tennis player and Australian Rules footballer, and Australian representative in table-tennis in his peak years in the 1940s and 1950s, a successful sports store proprietor, and long-time sports commentator, this is a fascinating story from a time when leading athletes were poorly paid but rich in the variety of experiences they were able to enjoy.

Strike a Light: a Memoir (2018)

STRIKE A LIGHT IMG_4494 A memoir in which I was able to assist my good friend Bruce Weir. In the middle of 2017 Bruce received a dire health report but faced the news with great coverage and threw himself into painting with amazing passion and energy. At the same time I suggested that we do a series of oral history interviews in which to record details of a productive life. These were conducted over several weeks during June and July.  Bruce spoke about his main interests in cosmology, geology, native flora and fauna, his love of the Flinders Ranges, his main career in the law and creative talents as a guitarist (rock, classical, flamenco), photographer, wood worker and finally painter. Fortunately the book was published and Bruce was able to enjoy it for several weeks before his death in March, 2018.

Adelaide Sporting Sites (2018)

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WHEN IT COMES TO SPORT

ADELAIDE PUNCHES

ABOVE ITS WEIGHT.

The Adelaide Grand Prix drew much larger crowds than does that of Melbourne which stole it. Adelaide Test cricket crowds sometimes surpass Sydney’s numbers and trounce those of Brisbane and Perth. Oakbank is the biggest picnic horse race meeting in the nation.

Adelaide Sporting Sites is a story of venues past and present. Of Adelaide Oval, Football Park, Memorial Drive, the City Baths, Morphetville and Victoria Park racecourses, Norwood Oval and Norwood Velodrome, Wayville and Globe Derby trots, Rowley Park and Mallala speedways. Of events and associations: Crows/Power derbys, Magpies/Redlegs rivalry, Australian Tennis and Golf Opens, the Bay Sheffield, of Phar Lap racing at Morphetville, Tulloch at Cheltenham, and Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nicki Lauda on the East Parklands circuit.

Sports fans often love the places where the action occurs more than their favourite teams or players because they represent continuity in their lives. This richly illustrated book will prompt memories of familiar venues as well as enabling you to discover a glorious history of Adelaide sport.

 

Adelaide Oval: A photo-document 2009 (2017)

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The new Adelaide Oval has many admirers. ‘Graceful’, ‘charming’, ‘refined’, ‘modest’, ‘an exquisite jewel’ were words and a phrase used to describe the old ground. When it became evident that the old western stands were due for demolition in 2009 I took several hundred photographs (116 of which are reproduced here) to provide a record of a lost place and time.

Critics might argue that the Oval could not be left in a time-warp, that bricks and mortar don’t matter, that real history is what occurs on the ground. However spectator experience stretches further than this to social occasions on the mounds (north and south), in and behind the grandstands, as well as to the parks outside.

People are largely absent because I want the viewer to experience the ground in repose, to reflect, to feel a gentler place. Captions are few because I do not want to direct the viewer to specific objects and places but rather to create an impression of an enchanting whole. The result, I trust, is something like a poetic tribute to a grand old ground.

The book is published in two forms: as an ebook for $4.99 and as a hardback for $90.

E book from au.blurb.com/ebooks/590948

Hard copies from au.blurb.com/b/7714031

South Australian Cricket Reminiscences (2016)

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I have just republished Clarence Moody’s 1898 book in a limited edition of 80 copies. The book is a little gem drawing on the memories of old-timers as well as the author’s own observations from the end of the century. It deals with the foundations of club cricket, the formation of the SA Cricket Association, the establishment of Adelaide Oval as well as early intercolonial and international contests.

Making their Mark (2016)

MAKING THEIR MARK

This book presents a collection of autographs from the late 1920s featuring individual cricketers and teams from international to club level, leading Australian Rules footballers, lawn bowlers, walkers, press journalists and sporting administrators. A fascinating aspect of the collection are the brief notes relating to the wider sporting careers which accompany many signatures. It includes an introductory essay detailing numerous sportsmen and a biographical note on the collector.