Jim Wall An Australian Life by David Wall

October 24, 2012 at 12:48 am (Book review, Commentary, David Wall, Medical practice in Australia)

Click on link below to see the book cover:


Jim_Wall — An Australian Life

This work will be shortly published by Chargan, Perth, and I hope to be able to offer it for $30 and $35 with postage within Australia. With these prices I’m not really making anything.

Let me know if you are interested to receive a copy.

One reader who has had a preview made the comment below:

“You could have called it: The life of a Catholic doctor in Australia, 1893-1965. Although a lot of it is for the benefit of the family, you can’t write a biography without raising a lot of wider issues and brushing the socio-political background. This short bio factually and succinctly paints the life in the country at the beginning of the 20th century. A bit like the impressionists: little brush strokes that, together, create the feel of the time and place, even though most of it is left to the imagination. I quite enjoyed reading it and looking for context that was hidden behind, such as diseases, education, religious and moral issues or surprising facts such as the nuns of Chambéry in Norway, which puzzled me. I worked in Chambéry, France, but I did not know that St Joseph of Chambéry had opened in 1865 and spread throughout Europe. I often walked to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s house of Les Charmettes, at night at the light of sodium lamps piercing the ubiquitous fog; and admired the famous Elephant fountain “des Quatre-sans-cul” celebrating Hanibal’s crossing of the Alps at that place. Thanks for bringing the past back to life so vividly. Also enjoyed the many old photographs.”



  1. Anonymous said,

    Congratulations, Dave! I remember the time when I was egging you to write it and now it’s going to see the light of print. This is such a great achievement on your part as a writer but more so as a son–your Dad, so to speak, is proud of you! How many fathers can actually claim that their children are extraordinarily proud of them? To write a memoir/biography is an excellent way to say thanks to him. I wish your book great success.

  2. deberigny said,

    It is interesting to reflect on family history. A friend of mine asked a close relative of mine what she thought of my biography of my father — her answer was that she could have written a better one herself! What a shame she hasn’t come up with it yet!

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