October Members Meeting


1 October   7.30pm   Burnside City Uniting Church

Covid lockdown interstate has prevented our next speaker attending so BERNARD WHIMPRESS has stepped up to fill the gap with ‘GEORGE GIFFEN, THE CRICKETER’    

Everyone welcome (non members $5 entry).


The office of Australian Test cricket captain is sometimes considered the

second-most important position in the nation. Bob Hawke once said something

like if he hadn’t been Bob Hawke he would like to have been Don Bradman.

When George Giffen was at his peak as a cricketer there was no Prime Minister

of Australia so George may have been the best-known person in the country.

Bernard Whimpress will put flesh back on the bones of this outstanding

sporting figure who is largely forgotten today but could still command a place

in any all-time Australian Eleven.

Dr Bernard Whimpress is a writer, editor, niche publisher and former curator

of the Adelaide Oval Museum. The author of more than 40 books (mainly

sports history), his principal works are The Official MCC Story of the Ashes,

Great Ashes Battles (co-authored with Nigel Hart) and Passport to Nowhere:

Aborigines in Australian Cricket 1850-1939. He published and edited the

Australian cricket history journal Baggy Green between 1998 and 2010.

Bernard received a South Australian History Council SA Lifelong History

Achievement Award in 2017 and an Australian Society for Sports History

Service Award in 2021.