Bruce Elder has been involved in the writing over 60 books and he has worked as a print and radio journalist in both London and Sydney.
He is an award-winning journalist who is currently a full time employee of the Sydney Morning Herald as well as a weekly guest on the ABC's Tony Delroy Nightlife program which is broadcast on over 150 stations around Australia.
As a writer his publications have included:
(a) In 1988 he wrote a study of the massacres and maltreatment of Australian Aborigines titled Blood on the Wattle. Evonne Cawley has declared that Blood on the Wattle is the most important book about Aborigines she has ever read. Recently on the ABC’s Q&A program, Tony Abbott was advised that if he only read one book he should read Blood on the Wattle. It has been in print for the past twenty-three years. It was selected as one of the ten most influential works of non-fiction published in Australia in the twentieth century.
(b) That same year Elder started working on a comprehensive travel guide to Australia known as Walkabout. His research involved travelling over 200 000 km. It now is 2 million words long and is part of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's travel website. His most recent book 1015 Things To See and Do in Australia is a product of this research.
He is the Chairman of the board of Lifeline South Coast. For the past fifteen years he has been an Australia Day Ambassador. For the past three years he has been a Seniors Week Ambassador.