James Waite: The Premier and the Pastoralist

Boom companions

Bernard Whimpress


by James Waite
MorganWakefield Press, $34.95 hb, 192 pp, 9781862549722


Family histories have their limitations. One compensation is to discover famous or infamous ancestors. In most Australian states, disinterring a convict becomes a badge of honour. In South Australia, having a nineteenth-century premier and a noted pastoralist in one’s lineage advances a claim to fame. Author James Waite Morgan is the great-grandson of two notable colonial figures, and the captivating title of his new book, The Premier and the Pastoralist, above portraits of William Morgan and Peter Waite on the jacket, intimates a strong relationship between two powerful men. There isn’t one.

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Published in February 2012 no. 338
Bernard Whimpress

Bernard Whimpress

Bernard Whimpress is a writer, historian, and former curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum. A member of the Australian Society for Sports History, Bernard has written twenty books mainly on sport, including The Official MCC Ashes Treasures, Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian Cricket 1850–1939, The Greatest Ashes Battles and as co-author The History of Australian Cricket. He published and edited the Australian cricket journal Baggy Green from 1998 to 2010.

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