John McMicking (Johnny Mac)
Died: 2011 Perth, WA
Biography: At this time, just a few
snippets, more will hopefully be added in the near future.
John spent his early life with his elder brother Torrance as a stockman
and drover in the Pilbara and Kimberleys.
He knew many of the pastoralist families and was a friend of Mary Durack
In the late 1950s, John was appointed Government Stock Inspector based at
Wyndham. He continued in job until he retired about the time that the
Wyndham Meatworks was closed down but remained living in his bush camp just
outside of Wyndham
In the early 1990s, John moved to live in a retirement Village near Perth
where he became very interested in Western Australian history, in particular
the areas in which he had lived and worked. He became involved in
contributing information about some of the WA Pastoral Industry. He
was very concerned that the land, in recent years was being badly mismanaged
and that large amounts of Government money was being wasted on ill-founded
schemes supposedly aimed at improving the lot of the local aboriginal people
but in reality achieving very little. He was quite scathing in his
comments about "white black men" and their influence on Government
policy to the detriment of those aboriginals who would prefer to largely
live their traditional lifestyle.
He was also quite vocal about racial intolerance, by all
In his later years, John was a member of the WA Bush Poets & Yarnspinners
Assn although he did not go to musters (due to his location and ill health.
He did however contribute some of his poems for presentation - He gave
me permission to use his poetry where I saw fit
In 1996, John, with the help of his friend Katy Vickers put together a
booklet of Verse. This contained John's poetry plus some from others
that that he considered important to him. Included were two poems by
Mary Durack that she had given him "to do with as he liked"