Ian Townsend

Ian Townsend is completing his history PhD on the 1899 Pearling Fleet Disaster at the University of Queensland.

He worked for many years with ABC Radio National and is the winner of four Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism.

His books include the novels Affection (4th Estate, 2007) and The Devil’s Eye (HarperCollins, 2008), and the non-fiction Line of Fire (HarperCollins, 2017).


Cyclones, fake news and history

ReportageIN THE DARK before dawn on 5 March 1899, half way up the eastern edge of Cape York Peninsula, five men camping on a sand ridge about forty feet above sea level and half a mile behind the beach...

Learning from forgotten epidemics

ReportageA panic had set in and people from the infected area were hurrying to be inoculated. The crush was dreadful and the crowd fought and struggled. [When injected] ... the men shouted and swore and they charged out like...

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