Southern Highlands Authors

LOCAL AUTHORS

ABBOTT, Marylyn
Author – Gardening with Light and Colour.
Mittagong

ATKINSON, Caroline Louisa

Wrote Gertrude the Emigrant (1857), the first work of fiction by an Australian born woman
(see also 1999 book by Elizabeth Lawson on Atkinson’s nature artwork Resident at Oldbury Farm, Sutton Forest

ATKINSON, James

Author An account of the State of Agriculture and Grazing in NSW (1826) Pioneer of Sutton Forest

BALDERSON, Margaret

Author for children Retired Librarian – Frensham School Mittagong – Mittagong Resident

BARNSLEY, Garry

Author – Letters for Lawyers (Federation Press 2000) Resident of Mittagong; Bowral lawyer

BARTON, Charlotte

Author – wrote the first book for children to be published in Australia A Mother’s Offering to her Children (1841) (mother of Caroline Atkinson) Resident at Oldbury Farm, Sutton Forest

BRADLEY, Rachael

Poet – Dragonshadow Poetry Local

BRADMAN, Sir Donald

Author- books on cricket The Art of Cricket  and A Farewell to Cricket The Boy from Bowral

BRATTER, Barrie Isobel

Author – Growing up in the 30’s Bowral

BRAY, Joan

Writer Resident of Robertson

BROWNE, Thomas Alexander also known as Rolf Boldrewood

Robbery Under Arms (1888) Berrima connection Escape from Berrima Gaol and ‘Starlight’s trail’

BURKE, David

History – Trains Burradoo

BURKE, Don

Television presenter and author Resident of Fitzroy Falls

CAVALIER, Rodney

Journalist and writer Resident of Bowral

CAHILL, Rowan

Author and journalist Resident of Burradoo

CHERRY, Thanh and Benjamin

Authors – Of Pandas & Wandering Geese Rudolf Steiner School educators

CHURCHILL, Jennie

Author – Pet Sense, Gardens in Time – Co-Author with Trisha Dixon – The Visions of Edna Walling Resident of Crookwell

COMPTON, Jennifer

Poet and playwright Resident of Wingello

COOMBS, Ann

Author Resident of Exeter

COTT, Mackay

Editor and journalist Resident of Mittagong

DARLING, Sally

Author – local history Resident of Burrawang

DAY, Leah

Author  – local history Resident of Mittagong

DIXON, Trisha

Author – The Vision of Edna Walling Attended Frensham School, Mittagong 

DOBSON, Rosemary

Poet Attended Frensham school, Mittagong

DRAKE-BROCKMAN, Henrietta
Author Attended Frensham school, Mittagong

ERCOLE, Veila Novelist

Attended Dominican Convent Moss Vale

ELSE-MITCHELL, Rae

Historian Local connections

EMMETT, Anthony

Author – The Bare Facts (The Effect of Sun on Skin) Burradoo

FAIRFAX, Kay

Author – The Tranquil Garden

FISHER, Jennifer

Author (lacemaking) Resident of Bowral

FORD, Julieanne

Radio writer Resident of Bowral

FOSTER, David

Author Resident of Bundanoon – Miles Franklin Award winner

FRANKE, Eberhard

Poetry and Prose – Hallo Papa Local

HALL, Dorothy

Herbalist Local resident

HANSEL, Emel

Author – wrote Ober und Unten (Ups and Downs) in 1910 – an account of his life in Australia, especially of this area in the 1890s. Came to Australia from Bohemia in 1889. Lived and worked at Bong Bong for over 2 years in 1890s as an employee of NSW Dept of Agriculture.

HAUPTBERGER,
Author – Post Natal Depression Local

HENEY, Helen

Novelist Resident of Moss Vale

HINDE, Annette

Author – Australian wildflowers in stumpwork Resident of Balaclava near Mittagong

HOWLETT, Lorna

Writer Resident of Berrima

ILIFF, I V

Author – The Gibrogs Local

JACKSON, Arthur

Poet – Forty Winks Robertson resident

JARVIS, James

Author and historian – local history History of the Berrima District

JONES, Patrick
Poet Was a resident

JONES, R F G
Author – Time Passes (Dylan Thomas’s Journey to Under Milk Wood) Bowral resident and businessman

KEESING, Nancy

Author Attended Frensham School

KEMSLEY, James

Cartoonist and author Resident of Welby

KING, Petrea
Author – Spirited Women, Quest for Life, Sometimes Hearts have to Breakl Bundanoon – Quest for Life

KNAPMAN, Leonie

Author – ‘Joadja’ Resident of Mittagong

LAMOND, Hector

Editor and journalist Was resident of Bowral

LEE, Claude

Local historian Was resident of Mittagong

LUCK, Geoffrey

Author – Villa Fortuna Resident of Mittagong

MACARTHUR ONLSOW
Annette Author Attended Frensham School, Mittagong

McCOLGAN, John

Local historian Resident of Mittagong

McKIE, Ronald

World War II correspondent, journalist and novelist Lived in Bowral from 1975 to 1984

MAHOOD, Kim

Author – Craft for a Dry Lake – a Memoir Kangaroo Valley

MAUDE, Lt. Col. G A (R.A.)

Author – Letters from Russia Moss Vale connection through Jonh Maude

MEREDITH, John

Folk music collector and historian Resident of Thirlmere

MEREDITH, Gwen

Author of radio serial Blue Hills Was resident of Berrima

MILLETT, John

Poet, editor and author Resident of Berrima ( The Magistrate’s House)

MURRAY, Gilbert

Classical scholar Gilbert Murray: An Unfinished Autobiography (1960) Attended school at Southey’s Academy, Mittagong

NICHOLAS, Jane

Author – Stumpwork (needlecraft) Resident of Bowral

NIELSEN, Leon

Author – The Australian & New Zealand Gardener’s Tree & Shrubs Handbook Resident near Berrima

NORTH, Tim

Author – Garden Cuttings Was Bowral resident

OPPEN, Alice

Arnott Author – Shakespeare – Listening to the Women Sydney and Kangaroo Valley

O’REILLY, Bill

Cricket journalist, commentator and author Was Wingello resident

OXLEY, John
Full name: John Joseph Molesworth Oxley 1783 –1828
Author – Journals of Two expeditions into the interior of NSW (1820) Bowral home to his widow and sons – Wingecarribee homestead

PARRY, Jack

Local historian: Town Clerk Resident of Bowral

PERRY, Grace

Founder of South Head Press and editor of Poetry Australia Resident of Berrima

PHIPSON, Joan

Children’s author Attended Frensham school, Mittagong

PREDDY, Virginia

Author Bowral

PRICE, Leslie

Local historian Was Bowral solicitor

PRICE-JONES, Pat

Journalist Bowral

QUICK, Mary

Publisher Resident of Bowral

ROXBURGH, Rachel

Historian and publisher Was resident of Moss Vale – former shire councillor

RYAN, James F

Author – Time Bombs and another book on cancer Local

SAMUELS, Edmond

Author – An Illustrated History of Australian Internment Camps (Berrima) Uncle of NSW Governor Gordon Samuels AC

SCOTT,  John

Author – Selected Poems – What I Have Written, Before I Wake, The Architect … Resident of Bowral

SEMMLER, Clement

Author, critic and biographer of AB Paterson Resident of Bowral

SIMONS, John

Historian – Prisoners in Arcady Burradoo

STANTON, Rosemary

Nutritionist and author Bowral

SYNED, Celia

Writer

THORNTON, Max

Journalist

TRAVERS,  P L

Author – Mary Poppins Resident of Bowral

THWAITES, Frederick

Novelist Resident of Moss Vale

UPFIELD, Arthur

Author – Bony books Resident of Bowral

VARGA, Susan

Author – Heddy and Me and Happy Families Resident of Exeter

VERNON, Inge

Author Local

WHITE, Patrick

Author – Nobel laureate, literature School days at Tudor House Moss Vale

WHITE, Paul

Author – Jungle Doctor books Born in Jasmine Street Bowral

WILD, Ronald

Author (Bradstow) Lived in Bowral while researching the book

WILDER, Kenneth

Publisher and author Resident of Burradoo

WILLIAMS, Maslyn

Novelist, playwright and film producer Was resident of Bowral

WILSON, John

Explorer 1798. Journal of expedition, first written record of the lyrebird and koala Leader, first European exploration of the Southern Highlands