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The Von:
Stories and Suggestions from Australian Golf’s Little Master: 100th Anniversary Special Edition

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In celebration of his life, this limited special edition has been released to coincide with the unveiling of The Von Bronze statue at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane.

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Overview

If he were alive this year, Australian golfing legend Norman von Nida would have celebrated his 100th birthday on St Valentine’s Day. Sadly, Queensland lost one of its favourite sporting sons several years ago, aged 93, when he died peacefully in his sleep. The Von never did fancy breaking 100.

In celebration of his life, this limited special edition has been released to coincide with the unveiling of The Von Bronze statue at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. The Von learnt the game as a caddy at Royal Queensland Golf Club during the Depression years, yet few people know that his career was kick-started at Nudgee using clubs bought for him by the then club champion, Mr Tom Mullins. A chance meeting between the two on a rainy day would change the face of golf in this country forever.

While the Von’s subsequent achievements as a player were awe-inspiring, with 80-odd professional titles in Australia, Great Britain and Asia, it was his generous spirit and determination to give back to the game he loved that are still revered today. The Von Bronze project, funded by ordinary club golfers and superstars of the game alike, such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Wayne Grady, Jack Newton and Sir Nick Faldo, will stand in Nudgee’s clubhouse. Much like this book it is a lasting tribute to a man whose life reads like the pages of a Hollywood movie script: an abattoir worker from the wrong side of the tracks who would one day take on and beat the world’s best golfers while making friends with battlers, kings and billionaires alike.

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Norman Von Nida

Novman von Nida, who died in 2007 at the age of 93, was Australian golf’s elder statesman and one of its greatest champions. In his prime ‘The Von’ was one of the world’s top professionals, dominating the Australian circuit before taking Great Britain by storm after World War II. In retirement he devoted his time to helping golfers of all abilities reach their full potential.

Ben Robertson

Ben Robertson is a former journalist with The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. He was bureau chief of their Gold Coast and North Queensland newsrooms in the early 1990s before becoming a reporter with WIN television based in Cairns and Townsville. He has worked as a freelance journalist and sub-editor for IPC Magazines in London and later for Brisbane News magazine where he wrote an architecture column and travel features.

Ben is the author of The Von: Stories and Suggestions from Australian Golf’s Little Master about Australian sporting legend Norman von Nida (UQP, 1999) and The Second Father: An Insider’s Story of Cops, Crime and Corruption (UQP, 2009), the memoir of former undercover policeman and Italian migrant Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola.