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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, writes and reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Weekend Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Canberra Times, and regularly appears on ABC Radio, ABC TV, 2GB, Sky News and Channel 7.

Professor Fitzgerald’s memoir ‘My Name is Ross : An Alcoholic’s Journey’; his first Grafton Everest novel ‘Pushed from the Wings: An Entertainment’ 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.

He is currently a member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal; of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW; and of the NSW Government Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol.

Emeritus Professor in History and Politics at Griffith University, Ross Fitzgerald has published thirty-six books. These include ‘’My Name is Ross : An Alcoholic’s Journey’ and ‘Alan (“The Red Fox”) Reid’ both published by New South Books, ‘Fools Paradise : Life in An Altered State‘, published by Australian Scholarly Publishing; ‘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’,coedited with his wife Lyndal Moor which was published in 2008 by ABC Books.

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 and in 2010 ‘My Name is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey’ and the co-authored ‘Alan (“The Red Fox”) Reid, both published by New South Books.

Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson and Ross

Ireland’s former 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 also “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’ and ‘“Red Ted”: The Life of E.G. Theodore’, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize and for the National Biography Award, and ‘Austen Tayshus : Merchant of Menace’. He is also the co-author of ‘Labor in Queensland’; co-editor of ‘Partners’, and of ‘Fathers in Writing’, and editor of two best-selling collections, ‘The Eleven Deadly Sins’ and ‘The Eleven Saving Virtues’.

• Ross’s fictions include ‘Fools’ Paradise: Life in an Altered State’ (Hale & Iremonger, 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, “Black Swan” Series, 1989; ‘Pushed from the Wings: An Entertainment’, (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, June 1986). Published in London by Corgi-Bantam, “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 is co-producer and script editor of “The Test” an Indian-Australian feature film being produced with Jim McElroy at Fox Studios Sydney. He is also co-producer with Ian McFadyen of “Kerensky and Nelle” – a movie about Alexander Kerensky and Nelle Tritton.

Now living in Redfern, he is married to Lyndal Moor, and has one child, Emily, who is 31.

Lyndal and Ross

Ross Fitzgerald and wife Lyndal Moor


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

Personal details

Ross Fitzgerald, Professor of History and Politics, personal Chair, 1996- 2002, and Professor Emeritus, History and Politics, Griffith University, 2003 – present
• During this time, I held a highly prestigious Australian Senior Research Fellowship.
• Prior to this, from 1977 to 1996 I was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in History and Politics, Griffith University.

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, I have a strong track record of securing funding to aid publication

During my time as Chair, Centenary of Federation Queensland, 1999-2002 I was actively involved in finding and 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.

My achievements in this role were praised in Queensland Parliament by Premier Peter Beattie and are recorded in my book The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901-2001, published by the University of Queensland Press in 2002.

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 Aussie Rules football. Email r.fitzgerald@griffith.edu.au