Southern Highlands Authors

LOCAL AUTHORS

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

ATKINSON, Caroline Louisa 

(m Calvert) Daughter of Charlotte Atkinson

Wrote Gertrude the Emigrant (1857), the first work of fiction by an Australian born woman. Author, artist, botanist
(see 1999 book by Elizabeth Lawson on Atkinson’s nature artwork.

Resided at Oldbury Farm, Sutton Forest

ATKINSON, James

Author of An Account of the State of Agriculture and Grazing in NSW (1826)

Pioneer settler of Sutton Forest

BALDERSON, Margaret

Author for children 

Retired Librarian – Frensham School Mittagong – Mittagong Resident

BARNSLEY, Garry

Author of a series of three books: – Letters for Lawyers 

Resident of Mittagong; Bowral lawyer

Atkinson, Charlotte

(m. Barton)

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 

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

EMERY, Linda

Local history

Exeter

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

JERVIS, James

Author and historian –  History of the Berrima District

JONES, Patrick
Poet

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, Ginger Meggs 

Welby

KING, Petrea
Author – 

Bundanoon – Quest for Life

KNAPMAN, Leonie

Author and historian ‘Joadja’ 

Resident of Mittagong

LAMOND, Hector

Editor and journalist 

Bowral

LEE, Claude

Local historian 

Mittagong

LUCK, Geoffrey

Author – Villa Fortuna 

Mittagong

MACARTHUR ONLSOW
Annette Author 

Attended Frensham School, Mittagong

McCOLGAN, John

Local historian 

Mittagong

McKIE, Ronald

World War II correspondent, journalist and novelist 

Lived in Bowral from 1975 to 1984

McPHEDRAN, Colin

Autobiographical White Butterflies

Resident Bowral

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 John Maude

MEREDITH, John

Folk music collector and historian

Thirlmere

MEREDITH, Gwen

Author of radio serial Blue Hills 

Berrima

MILLETT, John

Poet, editor and author 

Berrima ( The Magistrate’s House)

MURRAY, Gilbert

Classical scholar Gilbert Murray: An Unfinished Autobiography (1960) 

Attended school at Southey’s Academy, Mittagong

NICHOLAS, Jane OAM

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 

Bowral

OPPEN, Alice

Arnott Author – Shakespeare – Listening to the Women 

Sydney and Kangaroo Valley

O’REILLY, Bill

Cricket journalist, commentator and author

Wingello

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 

Bowral solicitor

PRICE-JONES, Pat

Journalist 

Bowral

QUICK, Mary

Publisher 

Resident of Bowral

ROXBURGH, Rachel

Historian and publisher 

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

TOOTH, Graham

Local historian

Bundanoon

THORNTON, Max

Journalist

TOWNSING,  Bud and Maureen

Local history – houses and gardens

Bowral

TRAVERS,  P L

Author – Mary Poppins 

Resident of Bowral

THWAITES, Frederick

Novelist 

Resident of Moss Vale

UPFIELD, Arthur

Author – Boney 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

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