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Well-known Australian writer, broadcaster, academic and political commentator, Professor Ross Fitzgerald writes a regular column and reviews for ‘The Weekend Australian’ newspaper, regularly reviews for ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’, writes for ‘The Canberra Times’, and appears on ABC Radio, ABC TV, The Alan Jones Show, Sky News and Channel 7.

Emeritus Professor in History and Politics at Griffith University, Ross Fitzgerald has published thirty-eight books, most recently the co-authored comic novel ‘Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure’ (Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne) and the edited version of Alan Reid’s ‘The  Bandar-Log : A Labor novel of the 1950s’, published by Connor Court in Ballarat.

He is best-known for his memoir ‘My Name is Ross : An Alcoholic’s Journey’, published by NewSouth Books in Sydney and which is available as an e-Book and a Talking Book, read by Ross.

He also wrote ‘The Pope’s Battalions: Santamaria, Catholicism and the Labor Split’, published by University of Queensland Press; and ‘Growing Old (Dis) Gracefully: 35 Australians Reflect on Life over 50’, co-edited with his wife Lyndal Moor which was published in 2008 by ABC Books. He is co-author of ‘Alan (“The Red Fox”) Reid’ published by New South Books; ‘Fools Paradise : Life in An Altered State‘, published by PressOn/Arcadia in Melbourne, and ‘Austen Tayshus:Merchant of Menace’, published by Hale & Iremonger in Sydney.

In 2009 Ross co-authored ‘Made in Queensland: A New History’, published by University of Queensland Press, and ‘Under the Influence: a history of alcohol in Australia’ published by ABC Books/Harper Collins. In 2010 he wrote ‘My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ and co-authored ‘Alan (“The Red Fox”) Reid, both published by New South Books.

Ireland’s president Mary Robinson and Ross

Ireland’s president Mary Robinson and Ross

Up to now, his four best-selling books are ‘The Footy Club’, two other books about Aussie Rules football, ‘The Greatest Game’ and ‘Australia’s Game’; and especially “My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey.”

Other non-fiction works include:‘’The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901-2001′; ‘Seven Days to Remember: The World’s First Labor Government’; ‘Fred Paterson, “The People’s Champion”- Australia’s Only Communist Party Member of Parliament’,‘“Red Ted”: The Life of E.G. Theodore’, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize and for the National Biography Award.

Professor Fitzgerald is also the co-author of ‘Labor in Queensland’; contributing co-editor of ‘Partners’, and of ‘Fathers in Writing’, and contributing co-editor of two other collections of essays, ‘The Eleven Deadly Sins’ and ‘The Eleven Saving Virtues’. 

Ross’s fictions include  ‘Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure’ (Hybrid Publishers, Melbourne, 2015); ‘Fools’ Paradise: Life in an Altered State’ (PressOn/Arcadia, Melbourne, 2012); ‘Soaring: a novel’, (Angus and Robertson, 1994) which won the Eros Foundation erotic Book of the Year Award for 1994; ‘Busy in the Fog: Further Adventures of Grafton Everest’, published in Australia by Macmillan, 1990 (released in Pan paperback, 1991); ‘All About Anthrax’, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1987), published in London by Corgi-Bantam’s “Black Swan” Series, 1989; ‘Pushed from the Wings: An Entertainment’, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, June 1986), published in London by Corgi-Bantam’s “Black Swan” Series, 1989; and a book of poems: ‘The Eyes of Angels’, with an Introduction by David Holbrook (Sydney: The Saturday Centre, 1973).

Professor Fitzgerald’s memoir ‘My Name is Ross : An Alcoholic’s Journey’; his  Grafton Everest novels ‘Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure’; ‘Pushed from the Wings: An Entertainment’ and ‘Busy in the Fog : Further Adventures of Grafton Everest’,  and his Erotic Novel of the Year ‘Soaring’ are all now available as E-books.

‘My Name is Ross’ is also available as a Talking Book from Vision Australia – read by Ross.

Professor Fitzgerald is co-producer and script editor with Ian McFadyen of “Kerensky and Nelle” – a movie about Alexander Kerensky and Nelle Tritton. He is also working on a TV documentary, ‘Stories from the Great Australian Labor Split of the mid 1950s’ and a TV documentary about recovery from alcoholism, ‘Last Drinks’, co-written and co-produced with his Brisbane-based friend Neal Price.

Now living in Redfern, Professor Fitzgerald is married to Lyndal Moor. They have one child, Emerald, who is 33 and lives in New York.

Lyndal and Ross

Lyndal and Ross


Born Melbourne Australia 25 12 1944
Mobile 0419 661869 Phone 02 9698 4009. Email: r.fitzgerald@griffith.edu.au

Education and qualifications

1975: PhD (Political Theory), School of Political Science, University of New South Wales
1970: MA (Political Science), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA,
1967: BA Hons. (History), Monash University, Victoria
1962: Matriculated, Melbourne High School

As a well-known Australian writer and broadcaster, who was awarded a prestigious five-year ARC Senior Research Fellowship, he has a strong track record of securing funding to aid publication. During his time as Chair, Centenary of Federation Queensland, 1999-2002, Ross was actively involved in overseeing a budget of $22 million and in co-ordinating all the celebrations and activities throughout the 12 regions of Queensland for the centenary of Australia’s Federation in 2001. His achievements in this role were praised in Queensland Parliament by Premier Peter Beattie and are recorded in Ross’s  book ‘The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901-2001’, published by the University of Queensland Press in 2002.

Awards and Positions

On Queen’s Birthday 2014 Professor Fitzgerald was made a MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA  – For significant service to education in the field of politics and history as an academic, and to community and public health organisations. Other awards include Australian Centenary Medal, 2001.

Currently Emeritus Professor, History and Politics, Griffith University, Queensland;
Previously Personal Chair, 1996-2002; Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, 1987-1996; Lecturer, 1977-1986.

Ross Fitzgerald has published 38 books on history, philosophy, politics, alcohol and sport as well as a number of novels.

Current positions:  Judge, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Non-Fiction and Australian History and a Member, New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)- since 2012.

Previously Professor Fitzgerald was a Member of the NSW Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol, 2000-2013; the New South Wales Heritage Council, 2003-2009; New South Wales State Parole Authority, 2002-2012 and the Queensland Parole Board, 1997-2002.
He was Chair, Centenary of Federation Queensland, 1999-2002.

He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Political Theory.

Professor Ross Fitzgerald is available to give speeches throughout Australia on a variety of subjects ranging from ageing, alcoholism and addictions to Australian history and politics and sport, especially cricket and Australian Rules football.

Email r.fitzgerald@griffith.edu.au