Dr Peter Cochrane (Senior Judge) is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is a freelance writer and an Honorary Associate in the Department of History, University of Sydney. He is the author and editor/author of numerous books and his awards include the Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History for Colonial Ambition. Foundations of Australian Democracy (2007). He is a writer of non-fiction, fiction, opinion and travel essays. His most recent book is the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man (Penguin, 2012). The novella was long-listed for the Waverley Award for Literature (2013). With Professor Julianne Schultz he jointly edited Griffith Review 48 Enduring Legacies (2015). His GR 48 essay, ‘The Past is Not Sacred’, also appeared in The Conversation Yearbook 2015. His essay on the voluminous World War I diaries collection at the State Library of New South Wales appeared in Humanities Australia (no. 6, 2015).
Rosemary Sorensen is a reviewer and journalist, previously editor of the Australian Book Review, books and arts editor at the Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and arts writer for The Australian. She is currently artistic director of Bendigo Writers Festival.
Associate Professor Richard White
Richard White retired from the University of Sydney in 2013, having taught Australian history and the history of travel and tourism there since 1989. His publications include Inventing Australia, The Oxford Book of Australian Travel Writing, On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia and Symbols of Australia. He has been a judge for the Premier’s Literary Awards and other history prizes. He was co-editor of the journal History Australia from 2008 to 2013 and is a member of several editorial boards and the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism.