Bernard Whimpress

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Bernard Whimpress (born 1948) is an Australian historian and author, most active in the area of sports history and especially cricket. He was curator of the museum at Adelaide Oval.

Early life and education[edit]

Whimpress was born in 1948.[1])

He is a graduate of Flinders University in Adelaide.[2]


From 1994 to 2009 he was curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum.[3] He published and edited the journal of Australian cricket history, Baggy Green from 1998[1][4][5] until 2010.[citation needed]


Articles, reviews and journalism by Whimpress on sporting and other subjects have appeared in numerous magazines and journals in Australia.[6] He edited the journal Baggy Green from its inception in 1998[1][4] until 2010.[citation needed]

He has written several entries about sportsmen in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.[7]

Work with sporting organisations[edit]

Whimpress was curator of the Adelaide Oval Museum and Historian for the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) from 1994 to 2009. He is a member of the Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH),[4] and is the founding editor of ASSH (SA) Proceedings (2016/7-).[8]


Whimpress won the History Council of South Australia's Life-Long History Achievement Award in 2017 and is recognised the leading sports historian in South Australia.[2]

His 1999 work Passport to Nowhere was short-listed for the Jack Pollard Trophy in 2000.[citation needed]

Selected works[edit]

  • Test Eleven, with Nigel Hart (1994); as Great Ashes Battles (2005); as The Greatest Ashes Battles (2009)
  • Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian cricket, 1850–1939 (1999)[9]
  • Chuckers: A History of Throwing in Australian Cricket (2002, Elvis Press 2004)
  • A History of Australian Cricket/The Penguin History of Australian Cricket (with Chris Harte, Carlton/Penguin 2003, ISBN 0233051309; 2008)
  • J.N. Crawford: His Record Innings by Innings (with Nigel Hart, Nottingham: Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. ISBN 1-902171-79-9)
  • Adelaide Then and Now (with photographer Adam Lee, Axiom 2008, 2011)
  • The Official MCC Ashes Treasures (Carlton 2009, 2010, 2013; ABC 2009); as The Official Ashes Treasures (Allen & Unwin 2013); as The Official MCC Story of the Ashes/The Official Story of the Ashes (Carlton/Hardie Grant 2015, ISBN 1780976402); Carlton/Hardie Grant 2017)
  • Classic Adelaide and its Environs (with photographer Adam Lee, Axiom 2010)
  • On Our Selection: An alternative history of Australian Cricket (2011)
  • Cricket and Politics (2013)
  • Sports Writing: A Personal Journey (2013)
  • Adelaide Oval Tennis: 1878–2012 (2014)
  • Baggy Green: A selection 1998–2010 (ed., 2016)
  • Adelaide Oval: A photo-document 2009 (2017)
  • The Towns: 100 Years of Glory 1919–2018 (Edwardstown Football Club 2019)
  • George Giffen: A Biography (Walla Walla Press, 2020)


  1. ^ a b c Whimpress, Bernard (1998–2020), Baggy green: Journal of Australian cricket [Catalogue entry], Baggy Green, ISSN 1441-5194
  2. ^ a b "Historian of the Year Award – News". News. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Bernard Whimpress: Down Under and Elsewhere". CricketMash. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Bernard Whimpress". Harper Collins. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  5. ^ "The Official Ashes Treasures – Ashes History in your Hands, by Bernard Whimpress [Book review]". 9 June 2009. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Exact_creator:"Whimpress, Bernard (1948–)"". Trove. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Australian Dictionary of Biography [Author search for Whimpress]". ADB Home. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. ^ Whimpress, Bernard, ed. (2018), ASSH (SA) proceedings [Catalogue entry], WHIM Press, retrieved 31 May 2021, Journal Dates 2016/17-
  9. ^ "Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian cricket, 1850–1939 [Catalogue entry]". Trove. Retrieved 31 May 2021.