Reviews and commentary
My book reviews can be found in The Weekend Australian and other newspapers. I edit the Professional Historians Australia book review page.
I am regular commentator in Pearls and Irritations, a platform for discussing Australian domestic and foreign policy.
I love to use travel as a prompt to write about the world, seeing its history in the landscape and trying to make sense of human interactions with nature.
I believe strongly that Australia’s refugee policy is flawed and, in recent years, has been cruel and counter-productive.
One way to change attitudes about refugees is to hear more from the refugees themselves. That is why I initiated a scholarship that supports a refugee to study at the Australian Film and Television School.
Here is Joelle’s account of her first two years at AFTRS; she’s doing so well despite COVID: https://www.australianphilanthropicservices.com.au/joelles-story/
I live in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands, on the edge of the Morton National Park. On 4 January 2020, winds brought the Morton Fire into our village, destroying four houses. I convene the Bundanoon History Group’s bushfire archive project. Phase one of the project is complete. See
We hope in 2021/22 to further disseminate findings from our project by building a website to add historical context to the material we have collected and to make it accessible with a view to: a) assisting the community be better informed about bushfire, to build preparedness and resilience and be more engaged in history; b) contributing local insights to the broader effort to understand the impact of natural disasters and improve prevention and responses; c) create a template for further digital exhibitions based on the BHG archive.