Alistair Pirie

Alistair Pirie author photo Homegrown Hobsons Bay.

Alistair Pirie grew up in Altona, Seaholme and Williamstown in the family home on the Esplanade at Seaholme.

His father was a ships captain so there was always a close connection with the sea. He attended Altona State school , Seaholme and Williamstown High then Melbourne University. He was a Solicitor in Victoria and NSW for many years.

Life in, and connection to, Hobsons Bay

He now lives in St Kilda maintaining a connection with Williamstown through restoring a boat at Blunts Boatyard one day a week where he worked during his school holidays.

He has been a sculptor from a very young age springing from the fact that children had to make their own toys as there were no toy shops after the war.

This book is the first of a series being primarily a children's book springing from the desire to show how much of the marine wetland environment along this short stretch of coast has been destroyed by thoughtless development over a short period of time. Plus to try and make some acknowledgment of how it might have been cared for by its original Aboriginal inhabitants. Finally, to show his grandchildren what life was like in the postwar period.


Peter Billycans Tail of Two Crocodiles and other adventures in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne (2019). Published by Alistair Pirie and In House Publishing.

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