Olympic Games Historian, author and journalist, Harry Gordon, dies aged 89

Harry Gordon signs copies of his most recent book "From Athens With Pride". (Photo courtesy of BBC/Getty Images)
Harry Gordon signs copies of his most recent book “From Athens With Pride”. (Photo courtesy of BBC/Getty Images)

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of distinguished Olympic Historian, journalist and author, Harry Gordon.

Former Editor-In-Chief of the Herald and Weekly Times and Chairman of the Australian Associated Press, Harry was a world-recognized expert on the history of Sport, particularly the Olympics, and was a great supporter of this documentary.  We were very much looking forward to talking to him on camera later this year about Franz and Harry’s own observations about Sport and the Olympic movement, but sadly, that interview wasn’t to be.

Harry’s career began as a teenage copy writer at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.  Over the next 70 years he would go on to become a respected War correspondent, editor of the Sun News Pictorial (Melbourne), the Herald and Weekly Times (Melbourne) and Queensland Newspapers (Brisbane).  Harry would become best known for his coverage of the Olympics, which began in 1952 as a journalist and would end with his publishing several highly regarded non-fiction books on Sport and the Olympics, including the authorised biography of Dawn Frazer.  His most recent book about the Olympics, the updated version of “From Athens With Pride” was published last year. 

We have lost a great contributor to the knowledge pool of Sport in this country, a valued and respected mentor for hundreds of Australian journalists, as well as a lovely, highly respected human being. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends at this time, including all our wonderful 1956 Olympians who provided our initial introduction to Harry for the project.

He will be sadly missed.

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