Dame Mary Durack

 


W.A. POETS FROM THE PAST

 

Her Poems

The Tale of the Light Roan Cow

The Boab Tree

Her Books
 

All About: The Story of a Black Community on Argyle Station

Chunuma

Son of Djaro

Way of the Whirlwind

The Magic Trumpet

To Ride a Fine Horse

Keep Him My Country

Kings In Grass castles

Sons In The Saddle

Swan River Saga (play)

To Be Heirs

Yagan of the Bibbulmun

Tjakamarra

Ship of Dreams (play)

Rock and the Sand

 

Dame Mary Durack

Born: 20 February 1913,  Adelaide, S.A.

Died:  16 December 1994

Biography:

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. 

 

Commencing writing 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)

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