Andrew is an early career historian, published author and researcher. His strengths as an historian lie with military, biographical, business and social history in the period 1850-1920, but he has wide ranging history interests across most periods. His history consulting firm, Cooee History & Heritage, was established in 2009. He also works as the Operations and Marketing Manager at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum in Phillip Island, Victoria.
Andrew graduated from RMC Duntroon with a B.A. in Military Studies from UNSW. Eleven years of Defence Force service and a further 11 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade followed, with postings over that period to Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Letters (Lit.B.) in Asian History from UNE, based on the thesis The Indonesian Nationalist Resistance to the Dutch Occupation of Jogjakarta 1945-47. From 1994 to 2009 Andrew worked in a variety of public relations and corporate affairs roles in both consulting firms and multinational companies in Asia and Australia. He is currently completing a PhD in history at the Australian Defence Force Academy. His thesis looks at The Rifle Club Movement and Australian Defence 1860-1941.
He has written several military history books. Lions of the Day (2008), which told the story of the SA Contingent to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, including 26 individual biographies, followed by The Bisley Boys (2009), which told the story of the Victorian Rifle Team which travelled to Bisley in England in 1897 to compete successfully against the best of the Empire for the Kolapore Cup, including team biographies. Andrew has also co-authored fallen leaves (2010), a local history detailing the WWI fallen of the Oakleigh district of Melbourne, and most recently, The Forgotten Cruiser: HMAS Melbourne 1913-1928 (2013) with Greg Swinden. His next book also to be published in June 2013, is The Riflemen: A History of the National Rifle Association of Australia 1888-1988 (the NRAA is Australia’s oldest national sporting organisation).
Andrew has convened military history conferences including In the Shadow of War: Australia 1942 (2012) and Choppers: Helicopters and the Vietnam War (2013) and produced military history exhibitions, including Citizen Soldiers of Oakleigh (2012) at the Monash Federation Centre, and most recently, the major centenary exhibition at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Fear God and Honour the King: HMAS Melbourne 1913-1928 (2013). Andrew is a member of the Professional Historians Association and volunteers as Executive officer of the Military History and Heritage Victoria Inc.
- The militarisation of Australia 1908-1914
- The Sea Queen – reconstructing the history (and plans) of a convict and settler barque
- The terrible first day – how Oakleigh lost five mates at Fromelles.
- Australian Colonial Contingents to the Queen Victoria Jubilee 1897
- From Royal Park to Camp Pell – Melbourne’s key camp through three wars.
- Japanese training ship visits to Australia 1882-1906
- Life as a South Australian Mounted Policeman 1875-1918
- Life as an Air Mechanic 2 Sqn AFC 1915-1919
- Marksmen and Commanders – selected Australian contingent commanders to the Boer War
- Masons and Militia in South Australia- Boer War to WWI
- Reconstructing true records – how detective work can solve history mysteries (two case studies)
- Researching local district WWI dead and honour rolls
- South Australian Germans in the 1st AIF
- South Australia’s German influence in the militia before WWI
- The Great White Fleet – the stupendous visit of the US Fleet to Australia 1908
- The life and times of Octavious Skinner Burton – cavalryman and police officer
- The life and times of Thomas Joshua Jackson – of Young & Jackson Hotel
- The rifle club movement in Australia 1850-1920
- The Tasmanian interlude of Captain Francis Rawdon Chesney 1862-1867 – a Victorian Engineer
- The Victorian Mounted Rifles – How they began
- The Victorian Rangers – How they began
- With the water cart - the First South Australian Contingent to the Boer War