Born At The Right Time

At ALUCA’s inaugural Life Insurance Excellence Awards night held at Darling Harbour in 2018 the guest speaker invited to open the night was Professor Ron McCallum. His armchair presentation was touching, inspiring and uplifting.

The feedback from his session was overwhelmingly positive and Ron shared with the audience that he was writing his memoir and would let us know the details of it and when it was being published. We are pleased to now share details of his book below.

How to win a copy of Ron’s Book: Born At The Right Time

Ron’s publisher has also very kindly provided us with 2 copies of his book to give away to 2 lucky members. The first 2 ALUCA members to email us with the answer to the below question @

  1. Q) In January 2011, Ron was appointed to an Emeritus Professorship at which Australian Law School?


‘A brilliant man who often “saw” the needs of our world more clearly than the sighted people around him.’ ‐ The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Past Justice of the High Court of Australia

Ron McCallum has been blind from birth.  When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron’s mother had  other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible.

In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more, becoming a professor of law at a prestigious university in addition to chairing a committee at the United Nations.

Ron’s glass is always half full. He has taken advantage of every new assistive technology and is in awe of what is now available to him and other blind people to realise their potential. His is a life richly lived, by a man who remains open to all people from all walks of life.

 ‘Ron McCallum’s life story is both fascinating and inspiring.’ ‐ Julian Morrow, The Chaser

 Ron McCallum AO is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, the first ever totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia. He has been the chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, has received a Centenary medal for his work and was the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year.

Book Published by Allen & Unwin CATEGORY: Non‐Fiction RRP: $29.99