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Bill Garner


Bill Garner is a camper who is also a historian, playwright, and television writer. He is the author of Born in a Tent, a radical history of Australian camping.

In the 1970s, as an actor he was a founding member of the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory in Carlton.

With Sue Gore he is co-writer of several highly acclaimed plays including The Ishmael Club and The Future Australian Race. His PhD thesis Land of Camps: The Ephemeral Settlement of Australia won both the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Award and the Dennis-Wettenhall Prize from the University of Melbourne. His dramatisation of the Heidelberg School, the ABCTV mini-series, One Summer Again, won the Australian Writers Guild Award for Original Work for Television.

He is a research fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University.

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