Hal Colebatch 1945 – 2019

Sad to report (HT: areff) that Australian author Hal Colebatch has passed away.

Tony Thomas has an appreciation at Quadrant.

 

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15 Responses to Hal Colebatch 1945 – 2019

  1. Behind Enemy Lines

    Very sorry to hear it. He was one of the good guys, and not old either.

  2. Jock

    A great Australian thinker and writer. Loved his wit and humour even when describing the utter bastardry of left wing unions in the war. He will be missed.

  3. Roger

    Very sorry to hear it. He was one of the good guys, and not old either.

    Seconded.

    Cats may consider donating a copy of Australia’s Secret War to their local library as a thank offering.

  4. Infidel Tiger

    Very sad.

    Hal was a regular letter writer to my local newspaper and a breath of fresh air from the other rot they often publish.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Cats may consider donating a copy of Australia’s Secret War to their local library as a thank offering.

    Already done so.

  6. Rafe Champion

    A review of his book about Hal Colebatch senior.
    he story of Sir Hal Colebatch would be regarded as somewhat far-fetched if it was depicted as a work of fiction. It is hard to say which is the most remarkable aspect of Sir Hal, his physical durability, surviving near-death experiences several times and endured diabetes to live an active life beyond the age of 80; his clarity of vision to see what was required to avert worldwide disaster in the 1930s; his strength of character to beat against the tide of public opinion for several decades; his integrity and goodness of heart to maintain friendly relations with bitter opponents and to work effectively with them when the opportunity arose.

    Hal Colebatch was one of the living links to sustain the ideas of free trade through the wilderness decades until Bert Kelly and his helpers appeared to sponsor the Liberal “back bench dries” of the 1970s.

    The story of Bloody Sunday when strikers and police clashed during a bitter dockside dispute while Hal Colebatch Snr was acting Premier.

    From the Rathouse Guest Room.

  7. Tintarella di Luna

    Very sad to hear of Hal Colebatch’s death – a gentleman and a scholar – May he rest in peace.

  8. Eyrie

    Damn this just turned in to a bad , sad day.
    R.I.P. Hal.
    Among his other talents he was a published science fiction author. I especially enjoyed his Man-Kzin wars stories set in Niven’s Known Space.
    Somewhere Valmar Riit salutes a warrior.

  9. C.L.

    Gosh, no.
    Colebatch was an amazing thinker and writer.
    I have been an admirer of his mastery and intellectual reach for years.
    Rest in peace.

  10. P

    Hal Colebatch: the poet who celebrates heroism
    “The strain of Catholicity that runs through Chesterton’s work frequently appears in Colebatch’s own poetry. Colebatch can also quote from memory other more commonplace comic verse, such as the despondent farmer Hanrahan, who maintains ‘We’ll all be rooned’ come rain or shine (Said Hanrahan, P.J. Hartigan). In these people, the warriors and the farmers, Colebatch sees the deepest human values: courage in the face of adversity and the quiet heroism of daily life. He sees value in people who rise above the ordinary, such as Rudyard Kipling, whose writing was ‘as bright as a Churchill painting'(To Kipling) and who see the heroism of daily life.”

  11. None

    We are losing too many good people. Too soon. Condolences to his family and friends.

  12. Helen

    Oh I wish he could have lived to 100.

  13. Eyrie:

    Among his other talents he was a published science fiction author. I especially enjoyed his Man-Kzin wars stories set in Niven’s Known Space

    Bugger me!
    I didn’t know that – interesting stories.

  14. Finn Finn

    hal lived with my family the obriens as a kid he was my child hood friend we spent hours walking the swan river ,bec Obrien

  15. bec obrien

    RIP hal I know your dancing in heaven with paddy love bec Obrien

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