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Christine Fogg 
Journalist, Reseacher, Writer and Loyal Friend

8 August 2012

I first met Christine as a student in 1998. She was based at University of Technology Sydney's Journalism programme, where I was visiting for research. From day one, she came across as a thoughtful, helpful and sensitive person. She struck a chord, because, she made always made an effort to keep in touch, sent me research articles, and was particularly sensitive to Asian culture and students.

A year later, she arrived in Brisbane to teach at QUT's journalism programme, where we became colleagues. That's when I got to know her better, and discovered our collective passion for gastronomical delights. We used to share a common working space, and had many debates and discussions about tutorial assignments and student progress in the classroom. She had always been interested in new technologies, library management systems and constantly improving her knowledge. She shared tales of life on the Bondi Beach, and little did I know then, her absolute love for the ocean.

From teaching, she moved into website infrastructure development, and worked for QUT for a year as they were revamping their website. I remember late evening conversations where we discussed the site and techniques to draw audiences. Her humility came across when despite being much more experienced than me, she thanked me for the discussions, on almost every occasion we met. That's when she shared with me her dream of publishing a book on library system`s and her idea of moving into web-based technologies for journalists.

Steve Dushan Milakov


"Her parting message to me was to keeping living a full life, travelling the globe, enjoying culinary delights and never lose the optimism and passion."


I only spent two active years in Australia, where our paths physically connected, but every visit to Australia, we never failed to meet. Over the years, despite her travels, she would always be in touch through some form or other, and the latest through FaceBook. It must be truly destiny that after exactly a decade, I was in Brisbane in April 2012, and we met briefly for lunch the day before I flew home. She was then staying at New Farm, and made herself available at short notice.

We had her favourite asian food, in New Farm, Brisbane. Over lunch, we caught up, and she proudly presented me with her book, "Release the Hounds" (RTH) as a parting gift. She was full of energy and telling me about her latest gig in trade writing, and how she was working on her next book, on a Queesland activist, and her research was going well. She told me how RTH unfolded and she shared with me, my former QUT colleagues contributions to the book, and what a delight they were to work with - Roger Patching, Graham Cairns, Leo Bowman, Susan Hetherington - and the book would not have come to fruition without them. She told me about her dear dad's passing, and that her health had been failing.

Christine Fogg in the ocean
Christine Fogg in her favourite place - the ocean.

She was ever-joyful and did not tell me even then, she had cancer. She was moving slowly, eating slowly, but her mind moved fast, but her speak intelligent and memorable. She recalled details of our classroom adventures and work we had done together, as if they happened yesterday, much of which, had become a distant memory for me.

Her parting message to me was to keeping living a full life, travelling the globe, enjoying culinary delights and never lose the optimism and passion. She talked about the recipes she was collecting, and again, mentioned her trip to Singapore in the 80s with great passion. I am so glad during this conversation, I did much more listening than talking but regret having to leave, for another appointment.


She said, "Don't worry, I eat slow these days, you go ahead."

Minutes after leaving, I called her regretting not getting her to autograph her book. She said its old, and not worth much. I told her, no way, to me it was priceless. She promised to send me another by mail, when i told her, i will leave this copy in my University library for the Central Asian generations to come.

She delivered her promise and the book arrived a month later, with a lovely note. She remembered after lunch, I was rushing to buy a coffee machine to surprise my wife, and asked me how it went in her card. I will always remember Christine for her generosity with both her time and advise, warm friendship and commitment to keep up despite our busy schedules.


"She was ever-joyful and did not tell me even then, she had cancer. She was moving slowly, eating slowly, but her mind moved fast, but her speak intelligent and memorable."


I was deeply saddened this morning to receive this email from Bill Weir, her close friend. I rang him to discover she had been in Mater Hospital for 10 days. In her final stages, she told him, she had a list of friends to notify of her passing. Her health deteriorated quickly, so thankfully with help from a friend, Bill found my name on her computer. I would not have been able to handle it if i had found out much later, so thank you Bill.

Even in her passing, she had been thoughtful to friends.

May her soul rest in peace, and her words remain immortal through her writings and books.

Nisar Keshvani
11 Aug 2012
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Christine Fogg was a Brisbane-based writer who writes articles, reviews and opinion pieces about education, safety, health and information issues. She's the author of two textbooks, "Release the Hounds: A guide to research for journalists and writers" and "Mastering the Maze: A research guide for journalists", ACIJ, Sydney, 1994.

She has taught journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Qld. She has qualifications in journalism and librarianship. She was researching a biography about a Brisbane activist.

The writer Nisar Keshvani, is an alma mater of Queensland University of Technology's Journalism programme. Christine Fogg was a fellow lecturer at QUT from 1999 - 2001. He is currently Head of Communications at University of Central Asia.

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