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Ross Fitzgerald (born 1944) is an Australian academic, historian, novelist, secularist, and political commentator.
Author of 35 books, in 2009 Professor Fitzgerald co-authored "Made in Queensland: A New History", published by University of Queensland Press and also "Under the Influence, a history of alcohol in Australia", published by ABC Books. In 2010 Professor Fitzgerald published "My Name is Ross:An Alcoholic's Journey" and "Alan ('The Red Fox') Reid", both published by New South Books. In 2011, he co-authored "Austen Tayshus:Merchant of Menace", published by Hale & Ironmonger, Sydney, and "Fools' Paradise: Life in an Altered State", published by Press On/Arcadia in Melbourne.
Emeritus Professor of History and Politics at Brisbane's Griffith University, he was also the Queensland Chair of the Centenary of Federation. Fitzgerald currently writes a regular column for The Weekend Australian and reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Weekend Australian and The Canberra Times. He appears on ABC Radio, ABC Television, and Channel 7.
He is currently a member of the New South Wales State Parole Authority, of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, the Physiotherapy Council of NSW, and of the NSW Government Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol. After being a member of the Civics Education Group, he is currently a member of the Values Education Advisory Committee which involves advising the Minister of Education how best to facilitate the inculcation of values in Australian schools. During his time as Chair, Centenary of Federation Queensland, 1999-2002, he was actively involved in sourcing and overseeing a budget of $22 million and in co-ordinating all the celebrations and activities throughout the 12 regions of Queensland for the centenary of Australia's Federation in 2001.
As well as being Emeritus Professor, History and Politics and Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts at Griffith University, Ross Fitzgerald is also Conjoint Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Professor Fitzgerald's Ph.D from the University of New South Wales was in Political Theory.
He has published 35 books. Prof. Fitzgerald's most recent books are "Austen Tayshus: Merchant of Menace", "Fools' Paradise: Life in an Altered State", "My Name is Ross:An Alcoholic's Journey" and "Alan ('The Red Fox') Reid", both published in 2010 by New South Books, "Made in Queensland: A New History", published by University of Queensland Press and "Under the Influence, a history of alcohol in Australia", published by ABC Books, The Pope's Battalions: Santamaria, Catholicism and the Labor Split and Growing Old (Dis) Gracefully: 35 Australians Reflect on Life over 50. Other non-fiction works include The Federation Mirror: Queensland 1901-2001; Seven Days to Remember: The World's First Labor Government; Fred Paterson, The People's Champion - Australia's Only Communist Party Member of Parliament and Red Ted: The Life of E.G. Theodore, which was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Prize and for the National Biography Award.
He co-authored Labor in Queensland; edited three best-selling collections, The Greatest Game: Writings on Australian Football, The Eleven Deadly Sins and The Eleven Saving Virtues. He has written two books about Australian Football including The Footy Club and five works of fiction: Pushed from the Wings: An Entertainment; All About Anthrax; Busy in the Fog: Further Adventures of Grafton Everest; Fools' Paradise: Life in an Altered State ; and Soaring.
During his time as an Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellow from 1992 to 1996, Ross co-produced and was historical advisor for two highly praised historical documentaries: The Legend of Fred Paterson, ABC TV documentary, with Jonathan Dawson and Pat Laughren, ABC TV, April 1996, and Red Ted and the Great Depression, ABC TV documentary, with Pat Laughren, ABC TV, August 1995.
He co-produced and edited the script for The Test an Indian-Australian feature film being produced with Jim McElroy at Fox Studios Sydney. He is also co-producer, with Peter Cherry, of Ho & Me (a movie about Wilfred Burchett and Ho Chi Minh) and, with Ian McFadyan, Kerensky and Nelle (a movie about Alexander Kerensky and Nell Tritton). Professor Fitzgerald is currently researching A Nation Under the Influence, a written and visual history of alcohol in Australia, and Stories from the Great Labor Split of the 1950s.
He lives in Redfern, Sydney with his wife, Lyndal Moor, and their daughter Emerald who is 30.