Herb Wharton, born in1936 in Cunnamulla, Queensland, began his working life as a drover while in his teens. His maternal grandmother was of the Kooma people; his grandfathers were Irish and English. In l992 with the publication of his first book Unbranded, he committed to novel form his experiences of people and events from his long years on the stock routes of inland Australia. His next book Cattle Camp, a collection of droving stories as told by Murri stockmen and women, was published in l994. Where Ya’ Been, Mate?, a collection of his stories, followed in l996.
He has travelled throughout Australia, and to Europe and Japan. In l998 he was selected for a residency at the Australia Council studio in Paris where he completed the manuscript of Yumba Days, his first book for young readers, published in l999. An excerpt from Unbranded is included in the first UQP Black Australian Writing anthology, Fresh Cuttings, which will be released in October 2003.
Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.
ALL TITLES BY HERB WHARTON
The Yumba, an Aboriginal settlement, is home to Herbie, his brothers, sisters, relations and friends on the outskirts of town. From his back door the view of his playground stretches beyond the banks ...
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From the riotous picnic races to the famous Mt Isa rodeo, from childhood in the yumba to gutsy outback pubs, Unbranded presents a strikingly original vision of Australia.
With a rollicking cast of st ...