It’s fifty years since the infamous drowning of law academic Dr Duncan in the River Torrens, a crime and outrage that provoked horror in the community and pioneering gay law reform. As the Adelaide Festival premieres a new oratorio about the still unsolved case, Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan, award-winning author and acknowledged authority on the subject Tim Reeves publishes the definitive account of the devastating case that rocked the state and changed the nation.
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Tim Reeves wrote his honours thesis on the impact of Dr Duncan’s death on gay law reform in South Australia and remains the acknowledged authority on the subject, with his most recent book, The Death of Dr Duncan, published in 2022. Tim has also produced a wide range of academic work as well as journalism and poetry with his first book, 100 Canberra Houses: A Century of Capital Architecture, earning the Clem Cummings Medal from the ACT Institute of Architects.
David Marr has written for Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of the National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays, including his arresting essay on George Pell, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell, recently updated and expanded into a book.