Born in Brisbane, where he currently lives, Paul grew up in a time when Brisbane was replete with a wide range of suburban sporting clubs each with their own supporter base. As sports have moved to state or national based competitions, many of these suburban clubs have disappeared or now play in lower divisions. Through the Sporting Sites page, Paul has started to record the sites, venues and memorials that recognise this sporting past.
Paul studied at the University of Queensland where he followed his interest in sport and exercise obtaining a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies with a major in history and later a Master of Business Administration. He has now left the corporate world behind and is focusing on his writing and publishing through his imprint Bookkeeper Publishing.
Paul has spent over 40 years as an active and now aging runner competing in road, track and cross country races. This includes completing 31 marathons and a single 24 hour ultra-race. He is a life member of the Ashgrove Rangers Athletic Club and a member of the stalwart group of long term members of the Brisbane Road Runners Club.
His other great sporting passion is cricket. Since his primary school days he has been a keen listener to radio broadcasts and watcher of cricket with some playing as off spin bowler and a very lower order batsman. He has watched test cricket over many years and at many venues including Lords. He has written and published three books on various types of cricket memorabilia.
Paul sees cricket’s artifacts as a way of understanding the rich history of the game.
He is a member of the Cricket Memorabilia Society, the Australian Society for Sport History and the International Society of Olympic Historians. He has written articles for the Australian Cartophilic Society, the Cricket Memorabilia Society and for sporting groups and several memorabilia collecting organisations. He has also given presentations at sporting conferences and to community organisations on topics such as the early development of soccer clubs in Brisbane and history of suburban sporting grounds.
Paul is available speak to groups and organisations about his publications and local sporting history research and can be reached via his contacts page.
Paul has published three books on cricket memorabilia including his most recent, Flicking the Pages of Cricket. His other publications are Pinning Down Cricket Badges and Australian and New Zealand Cricket Collector Cards Guide 1965-1995.
Paul's latest book Vanishing Footprints tells the story Mike McNamara and Herb Hedemann - Australia's pioneer ultra-marathon runners.
Books contributed to or collaborated on:
Cricket Collectors edited by David Frith, Cricket Memorabilia Society, 2012.
Athletics Queensland by Bob Rockett in collaboration with Paul Circosta, 1995.