Known more as an
author and historian than a poet, Mary Durack was the daughter of WA
Kimberlies pioneer Michael Patrick Durack. She spent much of her
childhood and early adulthood living at "Argyle" and "Ivanhoe" stations in
the East Kimberley to which she returned on many occasions in later life.
while still in her teens, she went on to become one of WA's most well known
authors. Her most famous work was her historic novels relating to her
family, "Kings in Grass Castles" (1959) and its sequel, "Sons in the
Saddle". She also wrote many stories of Aboriginals including "The
Courteous Savage: Yagan of the Bibbulmun" and a series of children's books,
many based on the life of Yagan.
She is known to have
written a number of poems, although few have been published. The 2
poems here were given by her to John McMicking, to "do with as he liked".
John has given me permission to include them on this website.
in 1938, at age 25,
she married Capt. Horrie Miller (1893 - 1980), WA aviation pioneer.
Mary and Horrie went on to have 6 children.
In 1966 Mary was
awarded an OBE for her contributions to Australian literature, followed in
the 1978 New year honours with a OBE Dame Commander and in 1989, a Companion
of the order of Australia (AC)