Welcome to my author’s website. The visitor will find here discussions about my books, writing and the processes of publishing. Second, it is about the Catholic Church as an arena of political contest. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) is the great case study. This website has been in operation since 2002. For discussions about Edmund Burke, the business of government, and conservatism as a political philosophy, go to my Edmund Burke Society website.
ALERT: The pages about the Cardinal Pell Affair have been transferred to my Edmund Burke Society (Aust) website. As a preeminent political and social issue, it belongs on the Burke website. All comments and records about this most shocking episode in Australian history will henceforth be on the Burke website. Indeed, the Pell Affair is of Burkean proportions.
Gerard Charles Wilson
The photo below is of the Barwon Road (Lane Cove) gang taken by my dad during the Christmas holidays 1949/1950. It is one of my favourites from my idyllic childhood when Church and (Christian) state were intact. It is truly a fifties scene. From left to right are Christine and John Allison, Michael, my brother, my best mate Pete Allison, me, Marie holding Narelle Wilson. The third title in my family history series, ME AND PETE, is about the Barwon Road gang.
Summer in Sydney, Christmas 1955, the Barwon Road gang.
Scooters, bikes, Saturday matinees, acrobatics, tree-climbing, wandering where you wanted free of risk – these were idyllic days of the fifties kids. See ME AND PETE. This photo was taken in the summer of 1954/55, a typical hot summer’s day in Sydney.
Christmas dinner in the backyard
This is a classic Australian Christmas scene. It’s one of my favourite photos from my childhood taken by my dad on Christmas Day 1951. The Bert Wilson clan was gathered in my grandparents’ backyard in Baldry Street, Chatswood. There are some very outspoken aunts around that table. See ME AND PETE .