At the Edge of Australia

"It's different up here, it really is!”

Peter Forrest and Amos Aikman

Host – Ted Egan

Darwin-based historian Peter Forrest, The Australian newspaper’s Northern Correspondent Amos Aikman and host Ted Egan will tell you why it is so. They dare you to tell them they are wrong!

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BIOGRAPHIES

Ted Egan AM

Ted Egan was 16 when he first came to Darwin in 1949, intending a short stopover en route to South America where he thought he would find adventure as a gaucho. He went no further – the Territory offered more than enough adventure! He quickly demonstrated an empathy with Aboriginal people. He spent the next 25 years as a public servant, crocodile hunter, Native Affairs Branch officer, and school teacher, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree along the way. He listened carefully to everyone he met, soaking up remarkable stories and astonishing speech patterns. By the late 1960s he was in demand as a singer and story teller. In 1969 he wrote the song Gurindji Blues, a powerful commentary on the Gurindji struggle for land rights. A few years later he began writing and singing full time, with national popular success. In 2003 he was appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory, the pinnacle of the many honours and awards that have justly come his way; however, he considers that being involved in 1952 with the establishment of St Mary’s Football Club in Darwin, to provide an opportunity for Tiwi players to participate, was the highpoint of his life. For the centenary of the Great War he created the multi-media kit – The Anzacs 100 Years on, in Story and Song. Recently, he shrugged off an aggressive cancer. Now, he is busily engaged planning his 90th birthday celebrations in 2022 – and he is still writing, still singing, still telling yarns, still delighting everyone he meets.

Peter Forrest

Peter has been researching, writing and publishing about the history of the people and places of northern and inland Australia since the 1970s. In that time he and his Wife, Sheila, have written and published 34 books as well as innumerable articles, radio broadcasts, films, talks and lectures. They have a special interest in the Second World War in the Territory, particularly the impacts of the war on civilians. Their book Battling: Territorians and Their War (2012) was about the Territory civilian experience and was a stark reminder that ‘war isn’t only about soldiers.’ Their more recent publications include Their Promised Land: A History of the Barcoo Shire, Queensland (2014); The World Flies in … and Darwin Takes Off (2016); Together: A history of the CWA in the Northern Territory (2018); and Mandatory Reading: Lawyers and Life in the Northern Territory (2018).

Amos Aikman

Amos Aikman is The Australian newspaper’s Northern Correspondent writing about Australia’s vast northern and inland realms. Amos has travelled widely and earned a PhD before taking up journalism. He lives in Darwin with his wife and son.

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