May 14, 2010. Aged 80 years.
Father of Stephen, Geoffrey (deceased) and David, partner
of Leslie, much loved by all his family and friends.
Teacher, Educator and
Inspiration to many.
GRAHAM’S funeral service will be held on Thursday (May 20,
2010), in the West Chapel, Rookwood Crematorium,
commencing at 2 p.m.
Why that picture?
Because one of Graham’s many stories was that he was just in front of the dancing man when this famous photo was taken.
Illuminations: Journal of the Arts, English and Literacy Education Research Network, Volume 1, Number 1, November, 2008
Who and what were the significant influences in shaping my education as a teacher,
writer, researcher and lover of English language and literature?
My education in English commenced with my Mum, now 91, and my late Dad.
They read to me from a very early age. My Dad was a published author (using a
pseudonym). A splendid journalist, he became Editor of the Newcastle Sun.
Without question the biggest single force shaping my development for a career long
commitment to and love of English was my experience as an English Honours
student at the University of Sydney where I was deeply influenced by such great –
and sometimes controversial – figures as Sam Goldberg, Gerry Wilkes, Bill
Maidment, Lesley Rogers, Jim Tulip, Tim Kelly, Andrew Reimer, John Bernard, Rob
Eagleson, John Burrows, and – though only for a short time – Germaine Greer…
The next massive influence came from my becoming a member of the English
Teachers Association of NSW in my first year after finishing university – 1966. In
1967 I was elected to the ETA Council. A few years later I was elected Vice President
of the Association. I was the youngest member of Council. My good friend Roslyn
Arnold was the next youngest. Every month Ros and I participated in what were, in
effect, magnificent tutorials on the then booming renaissance of English scholarship,
research, teaching and learning.
Metaphorically speaking we sat at the feet of giants! Some of them are here today.
Graham Little, Bob Walshe, Ken Watson, Ernie Tucker (Jack Thomson was out in
Bathurst, but was a key member of the ETA). We were also rubbing shoulders with
the cofounders of the ETA, Phyllis Kittson and Jack Britton: truly remarkable people.
Other distinguished leaders who were on the Council at various times in the 1960s
and 1970s included Arthur Ashworth, Marj Aldred, Robyn Magennis, Gilbert Case,
Graham Boardman, Keith Heckenberg, and Dennis Robinson…
Paul’s and my careers are virtually coterminous and so many of those names are familiar indeed.