Tuesday 22 September 2009

New regular column: History Bites

Over the next couple of months, I will be presenting a series of historical vignettes, pertinent to our region.

Local historian Dr Timothy Bottoms, who spent ten years researching and writing City of the South Pacific, a History of Cairns, has prepared a series of unique and easily readable pieces for readers of CairnsBlog.

Bottoms is a specialist in Aboriginal and North Queensland history and has wide experience in writing, producing and presenting radio documentaries and music biographies.

"I'm particularly interested in popularising history," Tim Bottoms says. "I'm delighted to share my stories with CairnsBlog and the large audience it serves."

"I thought that it was going to be a typically boring history book. However, as I read it, I quickly changed my mind," former Federal member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, says of Bottoms' History of Cairns work.

"It is certainly a magnificent effort and I was most impressed with the book, finding it very well researched and entertaining…I was particularly impressed with the way Timothy married up all the people involved in our history and brought them to life."

There could be very few readers who could not find some area of compelling interest in the [History of Cairns]," Dr Helen Gregory, Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Queensland says. "Most will be fascinated by it all. It is likely to become a ‘classic' in Queensland history writing, and has the ability to find a wide readership."

Dr Bottoms recently presented a keynote speech to the Q150 conference in Brisbane.

CairnsBlog "History Bites" will be published weekly, commencing this Friday.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Howard-Lake Placid

Go for it Tim..tell em the undeniable truth..