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Geoffrey Blainey Geoffrey Blainey i(A30904 works by) (a.k.a. Geoffrey Norman Blainey)
Also writes as: G. Blainey
Born: Established: 1930 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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1 2 y separately published work icon Before I Forget : An Early Memoir Geoffrey Blainey , Melbourne : Hamish Hamilton , 2019 16556316 2019 single work autobiography

'Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a ‘Living Treasure’, in Before I Forget Geoffrey Blainey reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood spent in rural Victoria, from Terang to Leongatha, Geelong to Ballarat. From a young age these places ignited for Blainey a great affection for the Australian landscape, and a deep curiosity in Australia’s history. He longed to travel, and would climb atop the roof of their home to stare out at the Great Dividing Range and imagine the world beyond.

His mother created gardens wherever they went and had literary ambitions of her own; his father spent more on books than he could ever afford, and the library travelled with the family. Blainey’s devotion to the Geelong Football Club began in Newtown from where he’d watch his team play at Corio, and as a newsboy he developed an early interest in current affairs, following the dramas and triumphs of the Second World War and the political careers of local identities John Curtin and Robert Menzies. With a burning desire to see Sydney but barely a penny to his name, he hitched there with a schoolfriend to see the harbour that greeted the First Fleet, and visited the national theatre of Parliament House on the way home to see Billy Hughes, JT Lang, Arty Fadden, Arthur Calwell, Enid Lyons and hero Ben Chifley in action.

The course of Blainey’s life changed when he was awarded a scholarship to board at Wesley College in Melbourne – an opportunity that instilled in him a great love of learning, under the tutelage of a group of inspiring teachers. This flourished further at the University of Melbourne, first as a wide-eyed student at Queen’s Collage, where he was lectured by Manning Clarke, and later as a professor of history. Later he and Manning Clarke became great friends, both sitting on the Whitlam Government’s new Literature Board. Hours spent at Melbourne’s State Library as a student poring over the country’s old newspapers cemented his calling to become a professional historian. Like Clarke Blainey has always been compelled to visit the places of our historical interest, including places of archaeological and Indigenous significance. Now the author of over forty books, Geoffrey Blainey claims he has discovered Australia’s history his own way – and is still learning. 

Warm, insightful and lyrically written, Before I Forget recounts the experiences and influences that have shaped the astonishing mind of Australia’s most loved historian. But in this book Blainey has given us something more – a fascinating and affectionate social history in and of itself.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 'By Night and By Day' Geoffrey Blainey , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 403 2018; (p. 60)

'General ‘Pompey’ Elliott was a famous Australian in 1918, half forgotten seventy years later, and is now a national military hero. This Anzac Day he stood high. On French soil he was praised by France’s prime minister, Édouard Philippe, in one of the most mesmerising and sensitive speeches ever offered by a European leader to Australian ears. Probably Elliott now stands just below General Sir John Monash in the honour roll of Australia’s military leaders, though we cannot foretell whether Pompey’s status – he was a cult figure in his day – will persist.' (Introduction)

1 From Lyons to Whitlam Geoffrey Blainey , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 400 2018; (p. 27)

'Keith Waller was one of the top ambassadors in a period when Australia urgently needed them. During the Cold War, he served in Moscow and then Washington, where a skilled resident diplomat could be more important than a visiting prime minister.' (Introduction)

1 Peter Ryan Robert Murray , Geoffrey Blainey , J. R. Poynter , B. J. Coman , George Thomas , 2016 single work obituary (for Peter Ryan )
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 60 no. 3 2016; (p. 56-61)
1 1 y separately published work icon The Story of Australia’s People : The Rise and Rise of a New Australia, Vol. II Geoffrey Blainey , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 12214410 2016 multi chapter work criticism

'In Volume II of The Story of Australia's People, Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early Gold Rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people.

'When Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land, traditional life for Australia's first inhabitants changed forever. For the new arrivals, Australia was a land that rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated. From the Gold Rush to Land Rights and the Digital Age, Blainey brings to life the key events of more recent times that have shaped us into the nation and people we are today. Compelling, groundbreaking and brilliantly readable, The Story of Australia's People Volume II is the second installment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.' (Publication summary)

1 The Time We All Went Bush Geoffrey Blainey , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 November 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of A Single Tree : Voices from the Bush 2016 anthology poetry essay correspondence short story
1 Legend Shaper Geoffrey Blainey , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 372 2015; (p. 46-47)

— Review of Bearing Witness : The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent Peter Rees , 2015 single work biography
1 From Argus to Assange Geoffrey Blainey , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 12-13)

— Review of A Companion to the Australian Media 2014 reference criticism biography
1 5 y separately published work icon The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia Geoffrey Blainey , Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8300874 2015 single work single work criticism

The vast continent of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin.

'The first came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one. The second began to arrive from Europe at the end of the eighteenth century. Each had to come to terms with the land they found, and each had to make sense of the other. '

'The long Aboriginal occupation of Australia witnessed spectacular changes. The rising of the seas isolated the continent and preserved a nomadic way of life, while agriculture was revolutionising other parts of the world. Over millennia, the Aboriginal people mastered the land's climates, seasons and resources.'

'Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex meetings in recorded history. '

'In this book Professor Geoffrey Blainey returns first to the subject of his celebrated works on Australian history, Triumph of the Nomads (1975) and A Land Half Won (1980), retelling the story of our history up until 1850 in light of the latest research. He has changed his view about vital aspects of the Indigenous and early British history of this land, and looked at other aspects for the first time.' (Source: Publisher's website)

1 Never Fussed or Flustered Geoffrey Blainey , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , January-February no. 368 2015; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Dick Hamer : The Liberal Liberal Tim Colebatch , 2014 single work biography
1 Follow the Leader Geoffrey Blainey , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 October 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of The Menzies Era : The Years That Shaped Modern Australia John Winston Howard , 2014 single work biography
1 With No Map in Front of Us Geoffrey Blainey , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Dig Tree : The Story of Burke and Wills 2012; (p. vii-xiv)
1 With Dignity and Grace , She Lived Several Lives Geoffrey Blainey , 2012 single work obituary (for Elisabeth Murdoch )
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 December 2012; (p. 7)
1 Books of the Year Patrick Allington , Judith Beveridge , Carmel Bird , Geoffrey Blainey , Alison Broinowski , Sophie Cunningham , Ian Donaldson , Gillian Dooley , Andrea Goldsmith , Kerryn Goldsworthy , Rodney Hall , Paul Hetherington , Gail Jones , Jacqueline Kent , John Kinsella , James Ley , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Michael Morley , Brenda Niall , John Rickard , John Tranter , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2011-January 2012 no. 337 2011; (p. 27-31)
Australian writers and reviewers each nominate their best books of 2011. Some of the books listed are by Australian writers.
1 Australian Stories Geoffrey Blainey , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5 - 6 November 2011; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Australians : Eureka to the Diggers : Volume 2 Thomas Keneally , 2011 single work prose
1 The Hancock Express Geoffrey Blainey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 5 no. 8 2010; (p. 6-7)

— Review of A Three-Cornered Life : The Historian W. K. Hancock Jim Davidson , 2010 single work biography
1 From : The Rush That Never Ended Geoffrey Blainey , 2009 extract prose (The Rush That Never Ended : A History of Australian Mining)
— Appears in: Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009; (p. 777-779)
1 Shouts and Whispers Geoffrey Blainey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 4 no. 8 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Australians : Origins to Eureka : Volume 1 Thomas Keneally , 2009 single work prose
1 Tasmania! Tasmania! The Birth of a Book Geoffrey Blainey , 2008 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Tasmanian Historical Studies , vol. 13 no. 2008; (p. 3-13)
1 2 y separately published work icon Sea of Dangers : Captain Cook and His Rivals Geoffrey Blainey , Camberwell : Viking , 2008 Z1559974 2008 single work biography
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