Meet Our Authors

Annette Cooper

Annette Cooper has had a lifelong interest in Melbourne's social and architectural history, especially the landscape of the city. She was a devoted client of Georges, enjoying its elegant and refined atmosphere. In Remembering Georges, she brings together these two interests, and hopes that the book whill serve as a tribute to one of Melbourne's most-loved stores. 

Nicola Crichton-Brown

Nicola Crichton-Brown is the granddaughter of Samuel Wynn, one of Australia's most famous winemakers. She was born and educated in London where she obtained a degree in comparative law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Practising in the city for nine years as a solicitor specialising in marine and commercial litigation, she subsequently attained a Graduate Diploma in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then embarked on a career in fundraising, notably at the Royal College of Art. Eager to develop her links with Australia, the author became a UK distributor for several Australian fashion and skincare brands before meeting her husband and settling with him and their daughter on their property, Deltroit, near Gundagai in New South Wales. Her book is entitled Deltroit and the Valley of Hillas Creek: A Social and Environmental History. 

Susan Cutsforth

Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are ‘ordinary’ people living an extraordinary life. They both work full-time: one is a teacher librarian of thirty years, and the other, a middle-level clerk in the public service. But, as Susan recounts in Our House is Not in Paris (and the sequel, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris), they own a holiday house, Pied de la Croix, in Cuzance, a small village in the Lot in south-western France — the other side of the world. And not only that, this petite maison required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost singlehandedly during their working holidays. 

Ivan Deveson

Ivan Deveson, of Ivan Deveson: Whatever you do in life, don’t do it all your life!,  is best known as a Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Chairman of Channel 7.

He was also the Foundation Chancellor of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), the CEO of Nissan Australia and Director of The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, MIM Holdings and many other corporate and charitable roles.

What is less know about this great Australian is his humble origins and rise to become one of this country’s pioneering Internationalists, living in five different countries whilst a senior executive with General Motors.


Helen Downey

The career of non-fiction author Helen Downey mirrors the familiar pattern of work for many women. Helen's promising start, with four books in her History on Stage series, published in quick succession, was put on hold after the arrival of three children. Helen holds a Bachelor of Education and TSTC at Melbourne State College, with a major in Asian Fine Arts and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Letters (Honours) at Deakin University, with a major in Myth and Ideology. Helen has written feature stories for The Age, Canberra Times, Sunday Herald and The Weekly Times. Her History on Stage series includes the titles Ancient America; Ancient River Civilizations, Suma and Egypt; Ancient Greece; and Ancient Rome. She is the author of Wide World of English 2, and co-author of the Techne leaflet series for ACTA. She was an Editor and writer of 'Asthma Update' for the Asthma Foundations of Australia, and an Editor for the teachers' notes 'Challenge', 'Pursuit', 'Explore' and 'Comet'. This former secondary art, media studies, history and English teacher was also a member of the Secondary Art and Craft Standing Committee, is an experienced Queenscliffe Information Centre Volunteer Heritage Guide, and recently returned from a year living in France. Her most current work, a biography of Theodora Fitzpatrick, grew into Making Herstory.  

Timothy Doyle

Timothy Doyle is Professor of Politics and International Studies in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide in Australia; and Chair of Politics and International Relations in SPIRE at Keele University, United Kingdom. He has been a dedicated environmental and human rights activist since the 1980s. He is currently serving as Chair of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre; and Director of Human and Environmental Security for the Indian Ocean Research Group. He lives in Adelaide, Australia; and Staffordshire, in the UK, and is the author of Dyandi

Harriet Edquist

Harriet Edquist is professor of Architectural History at RMIT University. She has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design. Her books include: The Culture of Landscape Architecture (1994); Frederick Romberg:The Architecture of migration 1938- 1975 (2000); Harold Desprowe-Annear: A Life in Architecture (2004); Pioneers of Modernism:The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia (2008): George Baldessin; Paradox and Persuasion (2009): Designing Place: An Archaeoligy of the Western District (2010) and Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist.

Harriet is also director of the RMIT Design Archives, a facility that is focused on preserving and researching the heritage of design practices in Melbourne and its region from the twentieth century to the present.

Catherine Fleming

Catherine Fleming is a researcher and writer in Tokyo. She has a Fine Arts diploma and a degree in English Literature and Performance Studies. Catherine has been a writer, subeditor, copywriter and proofreader for various companies, including Sony Music. She has known and worked with Mic Conway for more than twenty years, recently producing Captain Matchbox & Beyond: The Music & Mayhem of Mic & Jim Conway. A highlight was as a Cazzbo stunt double in one of Mic's Junk Band music videos.