E04. References








Burke & Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers, Hachette Australia, 2017:

"For the last decade I have relied heavily on a great team of researchers, and this book owes them as great a debt as ever. Mein Freund, Sonja Goernitz, a dual German-Australian citizen, was as useful als ever getting to the bottom of the German angle in this book, which is considerable, thanks to the strong German contingent who headed off with Burke."

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Victory at Villers-Bretonneux: Why a French Town Will Never Forget the Anzacs, Penguin Random House Australia, 2016:

"Sonja Goernitz, meanwhile is a dual German-Australian citizen, who first started working with me for my book Tobruk in 2005. For this book, it was very useful that she was living back in Germany for most of the time I was writing it, enabling her to go in person to the many archives and libraries to find the material to bring to life the German experience at Villers-Bretonneux. Her ability to locate and then translate long slabs of German regimental histories, her understanding of the language and culture of the time was crucial to turning up fresh material for this account and fine-tuning it to accuracy."

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Fromelles & Pozières: In the Trenches of Hell, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2015:

"Sonja Goernitz meanwhile is a dual German-Australian citizen, with whom I have worked for one good decade now. Starting with my book Tobruk in 2005. For this book too, not only her research and referencing skills and her familiarity with German history, culture and language were invaluable, but also her record keeping drive."

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Gallipoli, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2014:

"Sonja Goernitz is a dual German-Australian citizen familiar with the highways and byways of German historical institutions, and she was able to return to her homeland to winkle out gems from the German side of the equation. She was tireless in her efforts, and I thank her."

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Ned Kelly: The Story of Australia's most notorious Legend, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2013:

"Sonja Goernitz also had enormous input into this book, as with all of my last seven books, using her prodigious research skills to turn up treasure after treasure."

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Eureka, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2012:


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Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2011:

"I offer my deep appreciation to my long-time researcher Sonja Goernitz, who was a great help across the board."

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Batavia, Random House Australia (William Heinemann), 2011:

"My long-time researcher Sonja Goernitz was a great help across the board."

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A Simpler Time, HarperCollins, 2010:


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Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men, Harper Collins, 2009:


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The Ballad of Les Darcy, HarperCollins, 2007:


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Tobruk, HarperCollins, 2006:


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The bestselling Australian Author, Journalist and Presenter Peter FitzSimons and I met at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2005.
I asked him for an interview for my monthly Writers magazine, which I was producing at that time. He agreed and asked me how good my German was. Then he told me about his book Tobruk, which he was working on. This is how my work for him started.






Peter FitzSimons kindly acknowledges me in his books.

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