Aussie actor Peter Phelps to visit Ingleburn on book tour

Peter Phelps with his new book, The Bulldog Track. Picture: James Alcock
Peter Phelps with his new book, The Bulldog Track. Picture: James Alcock

You’ve seen him on screens for decades and now you can see him in the flesh.

Logie award-winning Australian actor Peter Phelps will stop by Ingleburn’s Greg Percival Library this month to speak about his new book, The Bulldog Track.

This book tells the story of Phelps’ grandfather, Tom Phelps, who worked as a carpenter in Papua New Guinea during 1942 and was caught in the middle of the Japanese invasion.

Tom was declared missing, presumed dead, but the Australian army.

But, it turned out, Tom and about 200 others had made it out of New Guinea through ‘the other Kokoda track’ – the eponymous Bulldog Track.

He arrived back in Sydney half-starved and wearing rags – but alive.

Phelps told Fairfax Media that researching what happened to his grandfather was far from easy as there were barely any records of the events.

Most of the information came from Tom’s pith helmet, which he had used as a makeshift diary. There was also a drawing made on making paper and a letter sent to The Sydney Morning Herald, published in 1944.

“They were civilians; goldminers, carpenters and all sorts of trades,” Phelps said.

“So there was nothing documented about these guys.

“It was such a time of war that a couple of hundred miners’ story would just not be considered, because it wasn’t part of the war effort.

“But they were as brave as any soldier.”

Phelps filled in many of the details with information gathered from his elderly father, Tom’s son.

The Bulldog Track is not Phelps’ first foray into writing.

The Stingers star previously wrote an autobiography about his journey to Hollywood to chase the big time, called Sex without Madonna: The True Confessions of a Hired Gun in Tinseltown.

Catch Peter Phelps at Greg Percival Library on Wednesday, August 15 from 6pm-8pm. The event is free but bookings are essential as spaces are severely limited.

Details: 4645 4060.