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[23 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 15 views ]

PROF. ROSS FITZGERALD AM
Melbourne High School EXIT 1961
Ross Fitzgerald has recently published his 39th book “Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football”.
Ross lives in Redfern, Sydney with his wife, Lyndal Moor Fitzgerald.
Published by Connor Court, HEARTFELT MOMENTS is a collection of 37 original essays about Aussie Rules. including a piece by Ross entitled “The Death and Life of Darren Millane”.
The book can be purchased at:
http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index. php?main_page=product_info&products_id=363#.
MHSOBA Newsletter, December 2016

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[10 Dec 2016 | No Comment | 27 views ]

It’s great to see avid (but not uncritical) MWD reader Lisa Gorton on the PM’s Christmas reading list — her novel was equal winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Fiction in 2016. Also it is interesting to note that Malcolm Turnbull will be reading the works of Sheila Fitzpatrick and Tim Winton” both of whom were rewarded in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Non-Fiction as a co-winner and a shortlist-recipient, respectively. The judging panel of which was the awesome (literary) foursome of Gerard Henderson (chair), Peter …

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[12 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 27 views ]

Shared awards at PM’s literary night of nights.
“Malcolm Turnbull was a good boy and did as he was told.” — so one of the judges of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards told me, in jest I hasten to add, after there were dual winners for the third year in a row. The point is that, unlike Tony Abbott in the fiction award three years ago, Turnbull did not use his prime ministerial prerogative to make a “captain’s call”. I understand the judges agreed to split the history prize between Geoffrey …

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[19 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 39 views ]

POLITICAL HISTORY
The Labor Split spillover
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Alan Reid’s ‘The Bandar Log: A Labor Story of the 1950s’ (Connor Court, 2015, $30), was reviewed in ‘News Weekly’ in the July 18, 2015, issue by Patrick Morgan. Here, longtime NW contributor Hal G.P. Colebatch takes a more personal look at the novel.
This book, by “The Red Fox, veteran insider political journalist the late Alan Reid, is a fictionalised account of the great Labor Split which led to the formation of the Democratic Labor Party and consigned Labor to the wilderness until the rise …

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[4 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 156 views ]

Sydney Swans legend Michael O’Loughlin says it took “some serious balls” for former teammate Adam Goodes to bring attention to the fact that he was racially vilified by a young Collingwood supporter in a match against the Magpies at the MCG in 2013.
In the final quarter of what was the first match of that year’s Indigenous Round, a teenage girl yelled the word “ape” towards Goodes from the front row.
The dual Brownlow medallist subsequently pointed her out and she was escorted from the ground.
He didn’t blame her, he just wanted …

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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 4 views ]
Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football

As the thirty-seven contributions about the most heartfelt moments in VFL/AFL demonstrate, Aussie Rules football cuts across all divides. Hence this book of original essays includes contributions by and about football players, supporters and administrators who are vastly different in religion, class, income, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual preference.
The contributors within range from committed Christians such as Cardinal George Pell, Geraldine Doogue, and John Birt to devout atheists and like myself, Dick Whitaker and Barry Dickins.
Contributors to this collection of fine writing about heartfelt moments in Aussie Rules football also …

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[2 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 187 views ]

The long awaited football tragic’s Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football edited by Ross Fitzgerald and featuring 37 authors has been launched in Melbourne.
It was launched in the heart of Blues territory at Carlton’s Il Gambero on the Park.
One of the authors is Cardinal George Pell. His Eminence, it should be remembered, signed to play for Richmond in his final year of school in 1959. As Pell writes in the book: “I was promised a place on their training list and financial help to attend Melbourne University.
Alas, seminary life made …

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 42 views ]

IT is hard to imagine life without the Adelaide Crows. They have become part of our social fabric, part of our identity. We have to remind ourselves they haven’t always been here.
In a new book, I have written what amounts to a potted history of the club — and the exercise became a reminder of so much that is good about the Crows and sport. In an interview for my chapter, Crows champion Mark Ricciuto said something quite remarkable.
I’ll get back to that but, first, remember the upheaval at the …

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[27 Feb 2016 | One Comment | 56 views ]

He is as tough a man as ever played the modern game; but skilful, too. He has hurt opponents on and off the field. He played 312 AFL games, all with the Crows, and won a Brownlow medal. He is an eight-time all-Australian (twice named captain) and he captained Adelaide. One year he cried from the sidelines as his teammates won a grand final and the next he returned to hold the premiership cup. When the AFL allows cloning, the Adelaide Football Club’s first draft pick will be Mark Ricciuto’s …

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[13 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 37 views ]

The Charles Family’s War
By Alan Fewster
Big Sky Publishing, 228pp, $29.99
When former journalist and diplomat Alan Fewster found a treasure trove of letters after the death of one of his uncles, he knew he had a book on his hands. Mind you, this intriguing and multi-layered tale of Australian twin brothers during World War II has had a long gestation.
It was in 1987, following the death of his uncle Edwin “Ted Charles, that the author came across a cardboard box containing the hundreds of letters that form the basis of this …

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[18 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 0 views ]
Going Out Backwards

Bumbling Mangoland academic, Professor Dr Grafton Everest, has been elected to the Australian Senate, without really knowing why, and due to the influx of weird independents, finds himself holding the balance of power. Despite this, his personal life is a train wreck. A prostatectomy has left him impotent, his daughter is staging a theatrical event with an outlaw motorcycle gang and he suspects his wife is planning to have him put to sleep. On top of it all, Australia is facing natural disaster from Tectonic Change. Can Grafton save his …