Discovering Alex Russell:
The Man and His Legacy


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This well-illustrated and detailed biography by Neil Crafter and John Green uses detailed text, period archival photographs, maps and plans to bring together the many threads of Russell's life.

It traces his life from birth as the son of a wealthy Victorian grazier, to his education at Geelong Grammar and Cambridge, and his distinguished service as an artillery officer in the British Army during World War I.

The book also examines Russell's political life and his subsequent service in World War II where he oversaw the repatriation of prisoners of war for the Australian Red Cross, together with his family life and the grazing property 'Mawallok' in Victoria's Western District.


Regarded as perhaps Australia's finest ever home-grown golf course architect, Russell served as the Australian partner of the famed Scottish architect Dr Alister MacKenzie in the design and construction of the West Course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, and was solely responsible for the design of Yarra Yarra, Royal Melbourne's East Course, Lake Karrinyup in Perth and Paraparaumu Beach in New Zealand.

He is important to the story of Australian golf for much more than just golf course design. He was a champion golfer, winning the 1924 Australian Open as an amateur, among numerous other national and state titles.


 


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