About the Author
A retired journalist, Nev Ollis now lives as a jazz musician. He wrote the book because “Aussies need to know what made them Aussies.” He grew up in Liverpool, New South Wales, the area where part of the book is set. “I worshiped at the church in which I have John Pond give his first sermon. I have always been a historian, even as a child. Unfortunately, most of what I thought I knew was hearsay. This book is thoroughly researched. A lot of my friends are learned scholars and some, thankfully, set me right on aspects of the book.” He now lives in Queensland.
Nev Ollis is a fifth generation Australian, born in Liverpool, New South Wales, in 1937. Since age 40 he has lived in Queensland. He is a lifetime student of the arts having lived as landscape artist, journalist and jazz musician in a progression of careers since forsaking the more conservative, family lifestyle of printing compositor and in sales and marketing. He is twice a finalist in Australia’s supreme landscape painting award, the Wynne Prize. He edited a country newspaper in Queensland for the News Corp group for ten years. He is generally accepted by leading jazz musicians as their peer and has been featured in the Australian Jazz Convention several times. He has made three overseas concert tours and made many recordings.