Writing History Differently

Jeff Maynard is an Australian author and documentary maker. He specialises in historical subjects and is a world authority on the history of diving and underwater exploration. He is also the leading authority on the polar explorer, pioneer aviator and Anzac photographer, Sir Hubert Wilkins. Jeff undertakes years of research, often using primary resources and uncovering previously unknown material. His books have won many awards and are often quoted or referenced.

“I believe in the adage ‘character drives plot’. History written as a series of dates and facts is merely a timeline. Dramatic stories are driven by people and their motivations and conflicts. Importantly, those stories  have a structure; a beginning, middle and an end. My books are unique in that they tell historical stories of people, while staying true to facts. I do not invent conversations, or speculate about information.” – Jeff Maynard

Welcome to the website of Jeff Maynard, Adventure Historian.

Latest Release

The Frontier Below

The past, present and future of our quest to go deeper underwater.

We do not see the ocean when we look at the water that blankets more than two thirds of our planet. We only see the entrance to it. Beyond that entrance is a world hostile to humans, yet critical to our survival. The first divers to enter that world held their breath and splashed beneath the surface, often clutching rocks to pull them down.

NEW – The Revised edition of ‘The Frontier Below’ will be released in Australia and the UK on April 11, and in the USA on June 14, and contains up to date information on the OceanGate Titan Submersible disaster.

The Frontier Below Book
The Frontier below Re-release April 2024
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Jeff's Recent Articles

Amelia Earhart Mystery Part 4
Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart Mystery Part 4

Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan left Lae, New Guinea, on 2 July 1937, flying to Howland Island, 4,120 km (2,560 miles) away in the ...
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How Deep is the Ocean? A New Understanding

Whether we fly over it, sail across it, or simply stand on a shore to stare at it, the ocean appears immense. But this is ...
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Get Your Book Published

Get Your Book Published Methods and Myths

Getting a book published is a process. Part of that process is knowing how to submit your manuscript and, importantly, what to expect if it ...
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Discover the real Hubert Wilkins

The Illustrated Sir Hubert Wilkins

From Netfield Publishing – a limited edition collectible hardcover revealing the untold story behind the enigmatic Australian polar explorer, pioneer aviator and Anzac photographer. Backed up by 25 years of painstaking research, this book has captured the imagination of history lovers everywhere.

“Wow! What a fabulous addition to the various books about Sir Hubert Wilkins that have been published to date. Jeff Maynard is certainly the #1 expert on Wilkins and the book brings him to life in a way that none of the others could have done.”
Saskia Praamsma, author of The Urantia Notebook of Sir Hubert Wilkins.

The Illustrated Sir Hubert Wilkins

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Jeff’s ABC Interview

Listen to Jeff being interviewed about the life of Sir Hubert Wilkins by Philip Clark on ABC’s ‘Nightlife History’


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