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John Coe

John Coe

John Coe is an historian and writer.

The son of a British army officer, John was born in Germany after the war and brought up in Malaya. He was educated at Lindisfarne College, North Wales and, after service in the Australian Army which included an extended tour of duty in South Viet Nam as a sapper, John obtained degrees from the Universities of Western Australia, New England and Queensland. He wrote his Doctorate on the Communist Party of Malaya.

He has worked in politics as an organiser for the National Country Party. He has been an historian at the Western Australian and Northern Territory Museums; Visiting Associate at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies in Singapore; Researcher with the Socio-Economic Research Unit of the Department of Prime Minister (Malaysia); Visitor at the Department of South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull and a founding member of the Centre for South-East Asian Studies, Northern Territory University. John has been a TAFE lecturer, a cultural consultant and agent intermediary specialising in Indonesia.

He was a journalist and sub-editor of a country community paper and founding co-editor of Amity, the Journal of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship in Western Australia. John has produced in excess of thirty industry papers for a diverse variety of clients which includes the Wran Committee on Darwin, and has written extensively on military history and has published a monograph on the Boer War. He is the author of four biographies, he designed The Factors of Revolt, a frame of reference for analysing revolution and conceived and edited the seminal anthology, Desperate Praise: The Australians in Viet Nam.

Now retired, John lives in Ingham, North Queensland, with his wife Wendy and their family.

John Coe

In retirement he is busy as a writer, historian and poet. He enjoys a cold beer or three on a hot day, for which reason he considers himself fortunate to be living in the tropics; and, ever mindful of Sir Kenneth Clark's observation that "order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction" he remains perpetually bemused at our deprecation of our cultural and intellectual legacy.

Books and Publications include:

  • Not a Penny of Debt : The Life and Times of Henry Reed. John J. Coe. WritersandeBooks. Sydney. 2011.
    ISBN 978-0-9807380-2-5
  • Just as the Moon Went Down. A Biography of Trooper William Betts. John Coe. Townprint Townsville. 2010.
    ISBN. 978-0-9807380-1-8
  • Merlot with My Breakfast: and other poems of the Herbert Valley. John Coe. Townprint Townsville. 2009.
    ISBN. 978-0-9807380-0-1
  • Drums & Symbols - A moral argument concerning the affect of the South African War on the development of Australia's Military Culture (Dept. of Army). Monograph. Published 2005 by the author on CD-ROM.
    ISBN 0-646-45658-X
  • In the Left-Hand Seat - A Sporting Biography of The Hon. John Dawson- Damer. Turton & Armstrong. Sydney. 2004.
    ISBN 0 908031 80 7
  • Life's a Hoot - The autobiography of James Harwood (with John J. Coe). Tangee Publishing. Perth. 2004.
    ISBN 0 9751289 2 2
  • Facing the Dawn: A History of Kewdale Senior High School. Education Department WA. 1999.
    ISBN 0 646383574
  • Power, Authority and Liberty in East Timor. Ch.13 in Power and Freedom in Modern Politics. University of Western Australia Press 2002.
    ISBN 1 876268 79 4
  • The 1989 Hat Yai Accords. In The Beagle. Records of the NT Museum 1990 7(1).
  • The Unveiled Coast. In Debrett's Handbook of Australia. (Fourth Edition.) 1989.
  • Friendship Village No.1. Betong, South Thailand. In. Kajian Malaysia : Journal of Malaysian Studies. Vol.Vi. No.2 1988
  • Desperate Praise: The Australians in Viet Nam. Artlook Books. 1982.
    ISBN 086445 040 0
  • In Litt. Speakin' Plain. Selected Letters, Aphorisms and the Occasional Thoughts of Harold Sydney Munglesworth.
  • In Litt. The Smiling Autarch: and other essays in support for a new moral reality

Links to his books in store:
The Smiling Autarch
Drums & Symbols
Bellhop's Chatter
Not A Penny of Debt

Dr John Coe
PO Box 655, Ingham, Qld 4850, Australia
Tel: +617 4776 5585
johnjcoe@bigpond.com