RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Andrew Lennox’s Memoir

After Andrew – Two Kiwis Cross Australia

Kapalga research papers

Travel writing

My Grandad - four stories for children

 

Andrew Lennox’s Memoir

 Andrew Hunter Lennox was my paternal grandfather. In 1899 he set up a Christian mission at Kapalga billabong near the South Alligator River, now part of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. To get there he walked from Adelaide following the overland telegraph line – a year later he rode a bicycle back again. He was the fourth person to cycle the length of the continent and probably the first person to make the return trip.

In 2008 I followed Andrew’s trail across Australia. At the end of my drive I was taken to Kapalga billabong by the traditional owners of Kapalga country. This connection led to a number of projects centred on Kapalga.

I have published Andrew's memoir with my commentary and notes. You are welcome to download the document: Adventures of a Pioneer Mission Among the Aborigenes in North West and North Australia. From June 1897 to June 1907. By Rev A H Lennox

 

Limited copies of the print version are available - $10, postage included in NZ and Australia. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

After Andrew – Two Kiwis Cross Australia

Adelaide to Kakadu and Darwin on the trail of an 1899 bush cyclist and missionary

My travel book - After Andrew - Two Kiwis cross Australia – describes my trip across Australia following the trail of my grandfather. It includes excerpts from his diaries.

 

"it's incredibly well written - it's funny, it's very perceptive" - broadcaster Marcus Lush on Radio Live

"an engaging and discursive account" - Adelaide Advertiser 

"witty and engaging … a cultural exploration of Australian communities as experienced in the year 1899 and then again 109 years later … Bill relays both his journey and his grandfather’s with energy and ease” - New Zealand Memories magazine

 For copies of After Andrew, email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it $10.00 Free delivery in NZ.

 

Kapalga research papers

 My 2008 visit to Kapalga billabong led to three research projects:

 

·         Gabarlgu Kaparlgoo Kapalga – the story of a Kakadu billabong

In 2009 I was awarded a Northern Territory Government History Grant to research the various uses of Kapalga billabong. My paper records activities at the billabong from pre-European times to 2017. A close look at what happened at Kapalga offers a snapshot of the history and spirit of the top end. Sections include: Indigenous people, Early external contact, European explorers, The Macassans, Phillip Parker King on the South Alligator, The Kaparlgoo missionaries, Buffalo and buffalo hunters, Leases, The Seventies, The CSIRO years and The National Park. The paper is now available – feel free to download it from this site. A two-page Summary of the paper is available.

 

·         Way-Iji - The Minitja People of Kapalga

The indigenous family who now live on Kapalga country asked me to research and record their family story. The family’s Limilgnan/Minitja ancestors left South Alligator country in the 1890s, soon after Europeans (and buffalo) transformed their traditional land. They moved west, working with buffalo hunters and spending more than 40 years at Koolpinyah, a cattle station near Darwin. Way-Iji, is the story of how one indigenous family stuck together through invasion of their country and threats to their culture and returned to the country of their ancestors. Way-iji was written for the family – it is their property and has not been published. If you are interested in reading the paper, contact Victor Cooper through Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

·         Gabarlgu Kaparlgoo Kapalga - South Alligator people, three ways

In June 2016 I wrapped up my work in the Northern Territory with a talk at the NT Archives Centre. I drew together the three strands explored in my eight years of research – the story of my grandfather Andrew Lennox; the history of Kapalga billabong, where he set up his mission; and the story of the Minitja family who now live on their traditional country at Kapalga. The script for my talk is now available on the NTAC website and from this website.

 

 

Travel writing

In the last few years I've been writing travel stories. I'm not sure why - maybe it's just that when you experience something amazing it's good to share it.

In the NZ Listener:

 

·        Kakadu National Park (2011) Following the publication of my book After Andrew I wrote about genuine indigenous travel experiences (pretty rare unfortunately), including with my mate Victor Cooper at Ayal Aboriginal Tours: 

·         Hair in Asia (2012) was about getting hair and beard cuts in Asia, culminating in a unique experience in Udaipur, India.

·         Udaipur, India (2016). Three years later I revisited our friends in Udaipur for another haircut (and a number of lunches and a few whiskies): 

·         Travellers’ checklist (2015) is a whimsical look at how your Asian holiday will inevitably turn out.

·         Damned impressive (2014) Back home, I wrote about ‘infrastructure tourism’ – planning your NZ itinerary round our amazing engineering:  

 In NZ Today magazine:

 

·         Coast-to-coast-to-coast (2014) is about a Central North Island Road trip.

·         A Return to the West Coast (2011) recalls family journeys in a Bradford sixty years ago.

 

In AA Directions Magazine

·         Welcome Home (2014) looks at our country through tourists' eyes - thanks to AAT Kings.