Custodians and Champions: The Story of the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club

ISBN 0731642570

Custodians of the public safety and champions of the surf — these are the men and women who have served the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club in the course of its proud history. Reminiscences are skilfully woven into a sparkling narrative, accompanied by more than a hundred stunning photographs.

A Club for All Seasons: The Story of the Wembley Athletic Club 1926-1996

ISBN 0646323555

Co-authored by Andy Collins, A Club For All Seasons is packed with detail and enlivened by anecdotes. It tells the story of a club that was founded on a beach and is now one of Western Australia’s oldest and most successful amateur sporting organisations, with a proud record in cricket, football, basketball and baseball.

Diehards: The Story of the Subiaco Football Club

In three volumes, Ken Spillman has written the most comprehensive history of any sporting club in Australia. Diehards is sporting history at its best. Carefully researched, delightfully written and lavishly illustrated, it recalls some of the greatest names in Australian football.

The titles are:
Diehards: The story of the Subiaco Football Club 1896-1945 ISBN 0646358340
Diehards: The story of the Subiaco Football Club 1946-2000 ISBN 0957818505
Diehards: The story of the Subiaco Football Club: The Glory Years 2000-2010 ISBN 9780957818514

Australia’s Game

ISBN 9780987500205

Edited and compiled by Ken Spillman and Ross Fitzgerald, Australia’s Game is a collection of writing capturing the agony and the ecstasy of a national sport. Contributors include Martin Flanagan, Peter Helliar, Serge Liberman, John Harms, Basil Zempilas, Jon Doust, Don Watson, Barry Oakley, Peter Corris, Peter Schwab, singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, and many more.

The Greatest Game

ISBN 0855612703

Edited and compiled by Ken Spillman and Ross Fitzgerald, this book is widely considered a classic of Australian sports literature. It immortalises the football passions of many luminaries including novelists Frank Hardy and Gerald Murnane; playwrights David Williamson, Jack Hibberd and Barry Dickins; poets Bruce Dawe, Philip Hodgins and Fay Zwicky; historians Manning Clark and Geoffrey Blainey; and broadcasters Ramona Koval, Andrea Stretton and Phillip Adams.

Heartfelt Moments in AFL/VFL Football

ISBN 9781925138948

Edited by Ross Fitzgerald, this volume cuts across all divides, including contributions by and about football players, supporters and administrators who are vastly different in politics, religion, class, income, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual preference. Ken Spillman contributes a painfully vivid reminiscence on a famous clash between Leigh Matthews and Barry Cable. He is joined in the collection by Geraldine Doogue, Jeff Kennett, Susan Alberti, Chris Bowen, Amanda Vanstone, Sally Murphy and John Elliott.

Coach! Inspiration and Perspiration

ISBN 9781863503129

Edited by Jim Main, Coach! brings together contributions by some of the best writers on Australian football. Ken Spillman joins Mike Coward, Martin Flanagan, Robert Walls, Michelangelo Rucci and many others.

Fathers in Writing

ISBN 187626800X

Love, courage and wisdom enrich this remarkable volume, a collection of personal reflections on fathers and fatherhood compiled by Ken Spillman and Ross Fitzgerald. Contributors include Elizabeth Jolley, Bruce Dawe, Rosie Scott, Susan Hawthorne, Thomas Shapcott, Ouyang Yu, Dale Spender and Glyn Parry.

No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-trotting and Unexpected Pleasures

ISBN 9780692253458

The story of an eminent US disability rights activist, told in her own voice with Ken Spillman as co-author. The daughter of parents who survived the Holocaust, Susan Sygall was an athletic young woman in college when a car accident changed her plans, but not her course. Intimate, passionate and riveting.

A Gentle Man: Memories of Professor Gordon Reid 1923-1989

ISBN 0958970114

Edited by Ken Spillman, this tribute to a distinguished academic and Governor of Western Australia includes pieces from Elizabeth Jolley, Sir Ninian Stephen, Fred Alexander, Bill Hayden, Geoffrey Bolton, Sir William Heseltine, Clyde Cameron, Bob Hetherington, Michael Wood, Sir Charles Court and Denis Horgan.

Secrets of Reaching 100


With a foreword by Janet Holmes a Court, this book celebrates fifteen remarkable women, lovingly photographed by Mary Doyle as a celebration of positive ageing. Edited by Ken Spillman.

Tapestry: Personal Stories of Life, Love, Loss and Laughter

ISBN 09757239015

Edited by Ken Spillman, Tapestry is written by participants in workshops he conducted titled ‘Writing your Memoirs’, facilitated by the City of Cockburn. Contributors include Dee Mahuvawalla, Luba Kambourakis, Evanne Fineberg, Vlasta Prpic and Logan Howlett.

Small Packages: A Centenary Celebration: West Leederville Primary School 1898-1998


Edited by Ken Spillman, this anthology is a celebration of school and community across a century of change.

Identity Prized: A History of Subiaco

ISBN 0 85564 239 4
ISBN 0 85564 240 8

Ken Spillman’s first book, an enduringly popular work of social history, set a new benchmark in the genre and was the winner of a FAW National Literary Award and a WA Premier’s Award for Non Fiction.

Horizons: A History of the Rural and Industries Bank of Western Australia

ISBN 085564303X
ISBN 0855643048

Known for 50 years as the Agricultural Bank, the R&I Bank played a central role in the development of Western Australia’s agricultural industry. Ken Spillman’s history of the institution that became Bankwest is told in immaculate prose and given a human texture through the use of oral history material.

A Rich Endowment: Government and Mining in Western Australia

ISBN 1-875560-23-8

Western Australia is one of the richest mineral provinces in the world. This richly illustrated book offers a thoroughly researched account of mineral discoveries, mining people, and the operation and governance of an industry that is today worth billions.

Life was Meant to be Here: Community and Local Government in the Shire of Mundaring

ISBN 0 9592776 2 5
ISBN 0 9592776 3 3

The picturesque Shire of Mundaring, located to Perth’s east in Western Australia, offers a mix of urban, semi-rural and rural living. In this illuminating book, Ken Spillman reviews a remarkable half century of change.

Fifty and Counting: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s First Half Century

ISBN 978-1-74052-166-6

This is the story of a hospital and its people. Ken Spillman’s account traces the growth of a small chest hospital to its present status as one of the most significant general hospitals in the southern hemisphere.

Ken Spillman’s skills as a historian bring to life the story of ‘Charlies’ and the people who passed through its doors. — Emeritus Professor G.C. Bolton AO

Hands to the Plough: the Shire of Victoria Plains since 1945

ISBN 0646455877

A lively examination of Australian rural life across six decades, Hands to the Plough reaffirmed Ken Spillman’s reputation as a first-rate chronicler of human endeavour and the resilience afforded by community spirit.

Tales of a Singular City: Subiaco Since the 1970s

ISBN 0-9590016-6-2

A lavish celebration of one of Australia’s most charming and progressive urban areas. In re-examining an area he first wrote about in Identity Prized, Ken Spillman reveals the struggles behind the metamorphosis of an inner-city area and the redevelopment of derelict industrial land.

Raising Edith: The Transformation of a New Generation University: Edith Cowan University 1995-2005

ISBN 0-7298-0618-9

Between 1995 and 2005, Edith Cowan University underwent a remarkable transformation. It shed a lamentable public image and won recognition for enterprise and innovation. Ken Spillman’s book stands as a guide for leaders interested in strategic planning, organisational creativity and continuous quality improvement.

For the Good of Many: The Story of the Australian Pensioners’ League and Retirees WA


Founded in the 1930s, the Australian Pensioners’ League built a tradition of articulating the interests of seniors while facilitating the delivery of much needed services. This book tells the human story, and describes the growth of the league into a 21st Century organisation representing a diverse membership.

The Dreamkeepers: Tokyu Corporation’s First 30 Years in Western Australia


Japan’s giant Tokyu Corporation invested in a vast tract of land near Western Australia’s capital city in 1974. For over thirty years it pursued its vision of an idyllic seaside settlement and provided many thousands of people with memories to cherish.

The Meriwa Effect: A History of the Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia

ISBN 1876268921

In this book, Ken Spillman, Jasmina Brankovich and John McIlwraith tell the story of a unique statutory authority which has facilitated an enormous diversity of applied research projects, providing a nexus between academic research and mining and energy industry requirements.

Silver Celebration: 25 years of the Graduate College of Dance (WA) 1973-1998


Ken Spillman examines dance education in Western Australia through this study of the state’s foremost balllet school across a quarter of a century. The book celebrates the achievements of many international dance performers and teachers.