Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Honour The True Founder of Australia

With Australia Day just around the corner, author and international psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison says that Captain Arthur Phillip, should be formally honoured as the Founding Father of Australia. He was the leader of the first European settlement in Australia, and our first Governor.

Dr Margerison, has travelled back in time to interview Governor Phillip via an amazing new concept known as BioView®. It is featured in the release of Amazing People of Sydney, available in ebook, print-on-demand, and audio format.

'Governor Phillip is the Columbus of Australia, without whom, Australia wouldn’t be what it is today.'

”In my view, Governor Phillip is under recognized and under appreciated in Australian life. We celebrate Australia Day, but it would not have been without Governor Phillip.

'Through his leadership and example, Arthur Phillip, was the founding father of Sydney, New South Wales and the country of Australia.'

He was the first Australian hero,” says Dr Margerison who is the Founder of The Amazing People Club. – . Dr Margerison is a resident of the Gold Coast.

”Governor Phillip’s achievements deserve wider and fuller recognition. His leadership in organizing and safely coordinating the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 ships, with about 1500 people on board, in 1788, was outstanding by any standards. In addition, his management of the convicts, the marines, officials and their families in the New South Wales colony over a five year period, between 1788 and 1792, was exceptional, given the extremely difficult and extraordinary conditions”

Dr Margerison’s new book , Amazing People of Sydney, is also written with respect to the Aboriginal people of New South Wales, whose lives were changed forever on the 18th January 1788.

”This book reflects the contributions of amazing people who have made their mark on Sydney. It is written via the process of BioViews®, where virtual interviews are recorded on events as we can imagine the participants would have seen them. I trust the BioViews® capture both the conditions of the times and the achievements that have turned Sydney from a convict colony to an exciting, elegant international city reflecting a mutli-ethnic democratic way of life,” says Dr Margerison. ‘I believe Australia needs to give Governor Phillip more credit, and that everyone should have a greater understanding of his story!’

Sample BioView® extract Arthur Phillip from Amazing People of Sydney:

Arthur Phillip

Life has its twists and turns
Despite our best plans, we have to adapt to the winds of change
Although a sailor for most of life, my major challenge came on the land
Indeed, it was a land far from home in a place called New South Wales
A place that had been inhabited for thousands of years by aboriginal tribes
My task was to lead convicts, marines and officers to form a new colony
That colony, at Sydney, Australia was the start of a great new country
It was my honour to be the appointed Governor and civil and military leader
You may ask what training and experience I had for the role?.....
© Dr Charles Margerison and The Amazing People Club

Additional BioView® extract Arthur Phillip from upcoming release Amazing People of Sydney:

Botany Bay was not what I had been led to believe
Fresh water was scarce, and the soil for crops was poor
The aboriginal population, the Eora, watched and waited
No doubt we looked like men from out of space to them
Two days later, I took a search party to look for a new place
After about five miles of sailing, we entered a gap in the cliffs
To our amazement, we found the finest harbour in the world
A thousand ships of the line could be securely stationed there
Port Jackson was the name Captain Cook had given it
But, it was a place he never entered
Returning to the main fleet, we were disturbed to see two ships
The French, led by Captain Perouse, landed in Botany Bay
They stayed awhile before leaving, accepting we had arrived first
So, it was a close run thing, as the colony would have been a French one
Sadly, they foundered in the seas to the north
By the 26th January. I ordered everyone to move to our new location
We celebrated by drinking a toast to our King George III
Our national flag was raised to a great cheer
The location of the township was named after Lord Sydney
Maybe I should have called it Port Phillip instead
It was the start of a new land
Also, I sent Captain King to Norfolk Island with a small group
It became our second colony
However, little did I know the problems that lay before me
As the Governor of New South Wales, I had many challenges
Not least, keeping law and order when food rations were very low
Also, enabling civil law to develop
I even allowed a convict to bring a case against ship’s captain
That would not have been possible in England....
© Dr Charles Margerison and the Amazing People Club

Dr Charles Margerison is available for interview. For further information/ interview opportunities, relating to Amazing People of Sydney, The Amazing People Club, or any of the other product offerings, please contact [email protected]

Author: Dr Charles Margerison
Published by: The Amazing People Club

Review excerpt - Jayne Fordham – The Australian Book Shelf
“I was intrigued by the story-telling nature and so-called ‘interviews’ with prominent figures in early Australia such as John & Elizabeth Macarthur, Capt James Cook and Banjo Patterson.
I was expecting Amazing People of Sydney to be just an educational book about Australian history, but I was actually quite entertained and I learnt a lot! The figures were presented in a character style case study but each flowed on to the next to tell the story of Early Settlement. From the penal colony to the invasion of Indigenous land to the set-up of the first Australian newspaper to establishing an economy. It was very well-written and in a conversational tone which brought the characters to life. If this was used when I was at school then I probably would have known a lot more about Early Settlement in Australia!
If you are interested in history, early Australia and getting to know the interesting characters then I would recommend Amazing People of Sydney. I’ll definitely be looking into some of the author’s other titles.”

As you walk around Sydney, you are travelling in the footsteps of amazing people including James Cook, Banjo Paterson, Henry Cable, Bennelong, John Bradfield and Mary Gilmore, among others. In their different ways, they made major contributions to Sydney, which in turn helped make the city what it is today.

A city tour unlike any other, Amazing People of Sydney takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of one of the world's most celebrated cities. Through BioViews®, you can meet those who contributed to the business, the culture, the politics and other vital and fascinating aspects of Sydney.

Not only is this a fascinating and educational opportunity for Australians to learn more about their own culture, it is also beneficial to tourists visiting Australia who wish to soak in more than just the typical tourist sights during their visit

This new and unique series from The Amazing People Club has been developed by psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, and gives readers a ‘virtual opportunity’ to meet amazing people. The books and audios bring readers ‘face to face’ with many of the world’s most inspiring and influential characters in science, medicine, business, music, engineering, aviation and the arts. Their stories are revealed through BioViews®, a newly-developed concept in storytelling that combines a biography with a virtual interview – where people tell you their life stories on a personal and confidential basis.

A full range of important historical characters from different ages are featured in the Amazing People of Sydney, including Governor Phillip, Bennelong, Susannah Holmes, and Ralph Darling. They ‘come back to life’ to tell their own stories through concise and accessible interviews. In that sense, the reader travels through time to meet them, in order to better understand what motivated them to succeed. From the first landing in 1788, Dr Charles Margerison has traced each generation. During the last 200 and more years, tens of thousands of people have arrived in Sydney. Some were sent as convicts and some chose to travel to a new land where they saw opportunity. Many amazing people contributed to the development of the colony that became a city. ”I have chosen people from different backgrounds to reflect the fascinating developments which have made Sydney an outstanding city.

“Today we see the result, which is reflected in a democratic multi-ethnic society. It is an amazing mix of people who make Sydney one of the most exciting cities in the world. I hope that you enjoy the stories. I trust that the amazing people of Sydney would smile and say that it reflects some of their contributions, but there is still more to tell”, says Dr Margerison.

Audio city guides are also available linking Amazing People of Sydney with the relevant places of interest including: Governor Phillip - Sydney Harbour, Bennelong - Bennelong Point /Rocks, Susannah Holmes - Courts of Justice, Ralph Darling - Darling Harbour, Mary Anne Bugg - Cockatoo Island - Ferry boats, and Banjo Paterson - Bookshops and Waltzing Matilda and more The Amazing People Club titles are available in book, downloadable audio and eBook formats.

The series is published by the Amazing People Club®, which was founded in 2006 by international management psychologist Dr Charles Margerison. We are an international digital publishing company. Their distribution partners are Hachette Book Group (HBG), a leading trade USA publisher, Ebsco, the world’s largest distributor to libraries, and Global Grid for Learning, a leading digital content broker and supply network for education markets worldwide.

Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Literature. He is Chairman of Viewpoint Resources Ltd, a publishing organization, and the founder of The Amazing People Club. Previously, he was Professor of Management at the University of Cranfield, UK, and also at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the co-founder of Team Management Systems and the Chairman of Bell Hughes Music Group.

The author of more than ten books on management issues, Dr Margerison has also written an innovative continuing professional development system, called The Communication and Problem Solving Resource. This provides educational support resources for the use of the Amazing People Club series in schools and colleges.

The Amazing People Club series commenced when Dr Margerison wondered what people like William Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, and other great achievers would have said if he had interviewed them about their life and work. He decided to research the known facts about their lives and write up what he thought they would say. In particular, he focused on the psychological issues associated with their personalities and how they used their time and talents well in order to achieve. The stories give us an insight into their motivation and relationships with other people.

This unique range of stories is presented via a new concept called BioViews® that combines a biography with a virtual interview. The stories are an interpretation of the lives of amazing people, as in a theatre play. Each one is presented as if the person is talking to you personally. There are no full stops, as in traditional writing, except at the end. The intention is to create the flow of conversation.

BioViews® offer new and interesting ways of understanding major contributions to our world by amazing people. The stories are inspirational and we hope they can help you achieve your ambitions in your own journey through life.

For a full range of titles available, and to experience BioViews® for yourself, please visit:

Contact Profile

The Amazing People Club

The Amazing People Club® was founded in 2006 by psychologist and management leader Dr Charles Margerison. We are an international digitally-based publishing company. Hachette Book Group (HBG), a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, distribute our products.

We publish inspirational books and audio titles about some of the world’s most amazing people. Dr Margerison has visited the cities and towns where people like Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Curie, Mozart, Michelangelo, Darwin, Einstein and others made their great contributions. In doing so, he has recreated the life stories of these amazing individuals as though they were giving personal interviews.

The books and audios bring readers ‘face to face’ with many of the world’s most inspiring and influential characters from the fields of art, science, music, politics, medicine and business. In addition, the Amazing Cities range offers unique ‘city tours‘ of cities including London, Paris, New York and Sydney where amazing people who lived in these cities become your personal historical tour guide.

All the stories in the series are revealed through BioViews®; a newly-developed concept in storytelling that combines biography with virtual interview. The lives of amazing people can be explored through their achievements, challenges and experiences in a very personal way. The unique format and flow enables each person’s story to come alive, as if it is being personally told to you, reflecting their interests, emotions and passions. These are inspirational stories that can help you achieve your ambitions in your journey through life.

Our mission is to provide stories that will inspire, educate and entertain. We offer exclusive free products and special offers to our members on a monthly basis – please Join the Club if you are not already a member. We’re very aware that there are so many amazing stories unfurling every day and are keen to hear from people who would like to share their story.
Marion Andersson
P: 0405829199


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