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Peter Cochrane Peter Cochrane i(A2865 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Peter Cochrane graduated with a BA (Hons) from La Trobe University in 1974. Four years later he was awarded his PhD. Cochrane worked in the South Australian Parliamentary Library early in his career and went on to hold positions in various universities including Honorary Associate in History at The University of Sydney.

In 1992 Cochrane received the Fellowship of Australian Writers Award for Non-Fiction and in 1996 was awarded a Harold White Fellowship. In 2007 Cochrane was a co-winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. Also in 2007 Cochrane won the Age Book of the Year award for Non-Fiction and the overall Book of the Year prize for Colonial Ambition.

Major source: National Library of Australia, Papers of Peter Cochrane, Manuscripts Finding Aid.

Most Referenced Works


  • The Papers of Peter Cochrane are held by the National Library of Australia, MS 9334.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Making of Martin Sparrow Melbourne : Viking , 2018 13874784 2018 single work novel historical fiction

'Martin Sparrow is already struggling when the Hawkesbury’s great flood of March 1806 lays waste to him and his farm.

'Luckless, lovelorn and deep in debt, the ex-convict is confronted with a choice. He can buckle down and set about his agricultural recovery, or he can heed the whispers of an earthly paradise on the far side of the mountains – a place where men are truly free – and strike out for a new life. But what chance of renewal is there for a man like Sparrow in either the brutal colony or the forbidding wilderness?

'The decision he makes triggers a harrowing chain of events and draws in a cast of extraordinary characters, including Alister Mackie, the chief constable on the river; his deputy, Thaddeus Cuff; the vicious hunter, Griffin Pinney; the Romany girl, Bea Faa; and the young Aboriginal men, Caleb and Moowut’tin, caught between war and peace.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2019 shortlisted MUD Literary Prize
y separately published work icon Governor Bligh and the Short Man : A Novella My Voyage with Papa Ringwood : Penguin , 2012 Z1905179 2012 single work novella 'Some seventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales as Governor-elect of the fledgling colony. He is accompanied by his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale. A cultured young Englishwoman, Mary is entirely unprepared for the voyage - the great emptiness of the ocean, the unfamiliar rituals, the terrifying storms, the bedazzling natural wonders. Most confronting of all is the bizarre quarrel between her father and the captain of the convoy, Joseph Short, a man whose sensitivities are almost a match for Bligh's and whose temper brings the voyagers to the brink of catastrophe.

Mary's ardent and witty journal takes us beyond the quarterdeck rivalries into the private world of the Blighs - their family and friends, and the tragedies and failings of a man embarking on his last great command.
2013 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
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