Beverley Kingston

Beverley Kingston’s publications included A History of New South Wales (2006).

Beverley Kingston reviews 'Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop' by Sue Ebury

May 1994, no. 160 01 May 1994
Beverley Kingston reviews 'Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop' by Sue Ebury
Over 35,000 copies of the hardback edition of Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop’s war diaries had been sold before they were reissued in paperback. Now Sue Ebury, who edited those diaries for publication, has written an accompanying ‘Life’. An impish picture of the older Weary in a sportscoat looking rather smaller than he really was grins beneath his name written in gold on a red silk background. I ... (read more)

Beverly Kingston reviews 'Gross Moral Turpitude: The Orr Case reconsidered' by Cassandra Pybus

February–March 1993, no. 148 01 February 1993
Beverly Kingston reviews 'Gross Moral Turpitude: The Orr Case reconsidered' by Cassandra Pybus
There were no winners in the first round of the Orr Case. Sydney Sparkes Orr lost his job as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania in 1955. Suzanne Kemp, who had accused him of seduction, lost her reputation. Her father, who had supported her accusations, was subjected to all manner of speculation and innuendo. Edwin Tanner, a mature-age student who had complained about Orr’s poo ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'The Commonwealth of Speech' by Alan Atkinson

December 2002-January 2003, no. 247 01 December 2002
Beverley Kingston reviews 'The Commonwealth of Speech' by Alan Atkinson
According to the back cover: ‘This book explores the way common conversation matters … that during the last two hundred years we have been beguiled by reading and writing. Only during the last part of the twentieth century have we begun to remember the importance of speech as a source of truth in human affairs.’ It could also be noted that the seven essays collected here began as lectures, s ... (read more)

Beverley Kingston reviews 'A History of Victoria' by Geoffrey Blainey

March 2007, no. 289 01 March 2007
Beverley Kingston reviews 'A History of Victoria' by Geoffrey Blainey
An earlier version of this history of Victoria first appeared in 1984 as Our Side of the Country. Though for the past sixteen years Sydney-born politicians Paul Keating and John Howard have usurped Victoria’s former almost constant ‘top position’ in Canberra, the possessive pride reflected in that early title still runs through this modern version. Wondering how such a small state could exer ... (read more)