Our team

Helen, Chris and Hastings on location. Photo by Visuall Photography.

Lovers of history, storytelling and a good hunt…

Some people might think it is odd to spend time in cemeteries, but in our travels we have met many people who, like us, enjoy the history, solitude, and beauty of these resting places. For two journalists, this project is exciting. We love bringing stories to life and discovering new angles, and being able to present new findings. We love that by telling these stories, in some small way we are preservers of history.

We have been overwhelmed with the support we have received from generous people happy to assist with our research and allow us to share their material. Thank you! We welcome your input and we hope to see you on the road soon. Meet our team:


Helen Goltz:

With a background in journalism and marketing, Helen Goltz has pushed around film directors, worked for a footy team, produced children’s TV for Channel 7 and an afternoon radio program for Macquarie Media, and edited community newspapers.

She has also tried her hand at nursing, signed up to be a police cadet (and did time at the police academy), qualified as a counsellor, and penned a book in every commercial genre, just for the practice… except for Sci-fi. Helen is postgraduate qualified with majors in Literature, Communications and Media, and lives in Brisbane with her fellow-journalist husband, Chris, and Boxer dog, Hastings.

Chris Adams:

Two-time Logie Award winner, Chris Adams, started his journalism career in radio before spending over thirty years in broadcast current affairs including working as a journalist and producer for Channel Nine’s Today Tonight and Executive Producer of Channel Seven’s State Affair. Chris continued with the Seven Network for 13 years which included a stint as a War Correspondent in 1991 for the Persian Gulf War and the Civil War of Somalia in 1993 and becoming a senior producer on the network’s national Current Affairs program, He is credited with over forty television documentaries for Networks Seven and Nine. Chris returned to radio as News and Program Director of 4BC. He is now engaged full-time in research and writing projects, and speaking engagements.

Editor, Joanne James:

Joanne’s editing experience extends from proof-reading university handbooks and course guides to editing annual reports and publicity brochures for local government. We couldn’t survive without her!

With a background in primary school teaching, noticing grammar and spelling mistakes is second nature to her and she has been known to correct take-away menus and return them to restaurants!

Nicholas J. Bunning, editor/proofreader:

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Nick-2-985x1024.jpgNick is originally from Melbourne, where he enjoyed a lengthy career in the advertising industry. Since relocating to Central Victoria a few years ago, he has worked as a book and magazine editor. In his spare time, Nick enjoys reading historical true crime and biographies, as well as indulging his passion for 70s and 80s dance music! He lends his expertise to the Grave Tales’ team with their grateful appreciation.

Marketing and publicity:

We manage this in-house but use a variety of resources to support us. In Queensland we have used and recommend Rebecca Pini and her team at Made4Media, and in Sydney Debbie McInnes and her team at DMCPR.


We are proud to be distributed by Novella Distribution. Rochelle, Rowena, Lucy, Georgina, Emily, Shyree and all the wonderful Novella team can assist book shop retailers and libraries to stock our titles.

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