IT IS with great sorrow that I tell you that we lost Peter on 21 June. He had gone for his morning run into the forest near our home and way up in the hills seems to have had a heart attack and passed away.
We, who love him, are shattered.
Originally founded in Armidale (NSW) as S.T.D. Music, Hire and Promotion (1983) by Clay Djubal, Have Gravity Will Threaten (HGWT) is an independent specialist publisher of music, plays, poetry and images from writers, musicians, composers, bands and photographers who emerged out of the New England region of New South Wales during the ‘pub rock’ era of the 1970s and 1980s. After being based in Sydney during the mid- late 1980s HGWT was re-established in Stafford Heights (Brisbane) in 1993.
There are many gaps in Melinda’s Story. If anyone can enlighten us on any of the details, we would be grateful ( or words to that effect). Peter.
Peter Knox began his primary school education at Old Guildford Public School, New South Wales (NSW) and completed it at Yennora Public School, NSW. He attended Chester Hill High School, NSW and attained the NSW Intermediate Certificate in 1964 (the final year it was handed out). Though he stayed at high school the following year with the hope of attaining the (then) new School Certificate, a social revolution intervened and he dropped out before sitting the exam.
Through the rest of the 1960s, until the late 1980s, Knox was a professional entertainer/musician, embracing contemporary electric music in its various forms. During that time he played bass, sang and wrote songs and dialogue for showbands The 69ERS and The Zarsoff Brothers, as well as playing bass in numerous other bands (see The Who’s Who of Australian Rock).
Knox completed a correspondence course in short story writing in the late 1970s, which led to some publications in various journals (including the Nation Review and Van Ikin’s Enigma and Science Fiction magazines). In 1990, he completed a tertiary bridging course at the University of Wollongong, which allowed him to matriculate to that institution. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours in 1994, with a double major in creative writing and English studies. While working full-time in the community development and welfare fields (and continuing to play music on the weekends) Knox completed a Masters with Honours in English Studies at Wollongong in 2000. His thesis was titled Once Upon a Place: Writing the Illawarra. Knox began PhD research on nineteenth-century Australian writer Melinda Kendall in 2004. He also wrote the non-fiction work The Errant Apostrophe : The Linguistic Pedant’s Companion, published in 1994 by the University of Wollongong Writers’ Group
In a daring move , Peter is about to turn 59 years of age and become a fulltime student as he completes his PhD research into the life of MELINDA KENDALL and returns to the shimmering world of the Wandering Minstrel.
I am also seeking poetry and prose from Regional Australia with a particular interest in works of 19th Century – many of which, as with Melinda’s work, might be in danger of disappearing before ever being truly acknowledged. A verse, an essay, a few lines you have found in a box of family papers or an old newspaper or journal- none of these is too small or too little known to be of interest and worthy of being preserved and contributing to the Literary History of Regional Australia and her people.
Yrs Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite.