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  Colin Thiele  
16 Nov 1920 to 4 Sep 2006
     

About the Author

“Colin Thiele, one of Australia’s most prolific, distinguished, popular writers and renowned children’s author was born in Eudunda, South Australia. One of his best known books was “Storm Boy”, he had around 90 books published in his life time from fiction, drama, poetry, history , prose, environmental and educational. His first books was “The sun of the Stubble” in 1961 was commended by the Miles Franklin Judges. In his books he often described life in rural Australia and several of his books have been made into TV Series and also into movies.

He has won many awards some are W.J. Miles Poetry Prize in 1944, 1951 SA winner in World Short Story Quest, 1952 Fulbright scholar in the United States and Canada, 1962 Children’s Book of the Year Award, 1962 Commonwealth Literary Fund Fellowship, 1967-1968 Hans Christian Anderson Award, 1974 Children’s Book of the Year Award, Companion of the Order of Australia in 1977, 1980 Children’s Book of the Year Award, Pinquo Christian Blind Mission International Book of the Year in 1988, 1989 Family Award of Children’s Books - NSW Family Therapy Association, and 1989 The International Board on Books for young People Certificate of Honour. In 1997 Colin Thiele was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for his contributions to children’s literature and in 1999 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide.

He was educated at several country schools and showed promise in his writing skills at an early age. He completed a degree at the University of Adelaide in 1941 and a course at Adelaide Teachers College in 1942.

He served with the RAAF as a radar technician in Northern Territory and New Guinea and in 1945 was married and had two daughters. Colin Thiele taught in high schools in South Australia. He lectured in English, ended up being a Vice Principal then Principal and in 1974 he was the Director of Wattle Park Teachers’ Centre, until he retired in 1981.

The Thiele Library at the South Australia University Campus is named after him in his honour . His last book ”Fiery Salamander” published in 2007.”


 

Books by the Author

  • FICTION
  • Jodie’s Journey (1988)
  • Pitch The Pony (1984)
  • Others…
  • The Fiery Salamander (2007)
  • Sun Warm Memories: The Colin Thiele Reciter (2003)
  • Wedgetail (2003)
  • Swan Song (2002)
  • The Sea Caves (2000)
  • Pannikin and Pinta (2000)
  • The Monster Fish (1999)
  • Wendy’s Whale (1999)
  • Dangerous Secret (1997)
  • Landslide (1997)
  • High Valley Montville (1996)
  • The Mystery of the Black Pyramid (1996)
  • Brahminy:The Story of a Boy and a Sea Eagle (1995)
  • Gemma’s Christmas Eve (1994)
  • Tea for Three (1994) By Max Fatchen a& Colin Thiele
  • Reckless Rhymes (1994)
  • The March of Mother Duck (1993)
  • Timmy (1993)
  • Martin’s Mountain (1993)
  • The Australian Mother Goose ll (1992)
  • Aftershock (1992)
  • Charlie Vet’s Pet (1992)
  • The Australian Mother Goose (1992)
  • Emma Keppler: Two months in Her Life (1991)
  • Speedy (1991)
  • Farmer Pelz’s Pumpkins (1990)
  • Rotten Egg & Paterson to the Rescue (1989)
  • The Cave & The Glory of a Galumph (1989)
  • Stories Short and Tall (1989)
  • Poems in My Luggage (1989)
  • Danny’s Egg (1989)
  • Dad Drains the Oil (1988)
  • Klontarf (1988)
  • Ab Diver (1988)
  • Shatterbelt (1987)
  • The Seeds’ Inheritance (1986)
  • Farmer Schulz’ s Ducks (1986)
  • Coorong Captive (1985)
  • Seahorses and Shadows (1985)
  • Shadow Shark (1985)
  • Shark in the Shadows (1985)
  • Pinquo (1983)
  • Patch Comes Home (1982)
  • The Undercover Secret (1982)
  • Songs For My Thongs (1982)
  • Little Tom Little (1981)
  • Tanya and Trixie (1980)
  • Thiele Tales: Three Long Stories for Children (1980)
  • River Murray Mary (1979)
  • Ballander Boy (1979)
  • Chadwick’s Chimney (1979)
  • Blue Fin (1978) Educational Companion
  • The Shadow on the Hills (1977)
  • Storm Boy Educational Companion (1976)
  • The Ghost of Gartenschmuck (1976)
  • The Book and the Media (1976)
  • The Hammerhead Light (1976)
  • Albatross Two (1974)
  • Magpie Island (1974)
  • Uncle Gustav’s Ghosts (1974)
  • The Fire in the Stone (1973)
  • Flash Flood (1970)
  • Labourers in the Vineyard (1970)
  • Selected Verse (1970)
  • Flip-Flop and Tiger Snake (1970)
  • One-Act Plays for Secondary Schools: Book 3 - Compiled by Colin Thiele & Greg Branson
  • Plays For Young Players (1970) Compiled by Colin Thiele & Greg Branson
  • The Living Stage: One-Act Plays for Secondary Schools: Book 2 (1970) Edited by Colin Thiele & Greg Branson
  • Setting the Stage: One-Act Plays for Secondary Schools (1969) Edited by Colin Thiele and Greg Branson
  • Yellow Jacket Jock (1969)
  • Blue Fin (1969)
  • Mrs Munch and Puffing Billy (1967)
  • February Dragon (1966)
  • In Charcoal and Conte (1966)
  • The Rim of the Morning: Six Stories (1966)
  • Handbook to Favourite Australian Stories (1964) Compiled by Colin Thiele
  • Beginners, Please! Once Act Plays for Schools (1964) Compiled by Colin Thiele & Greg Branson
  • Storm Boy (1963)
  • Favourite Australian Stories(1963) Compiled by Colin Thiele
  • Gloop: The Bunyip (1962)
  • The Sun on the Stubble (1961)
  • Australian Poets Speak; edited by Colin Thiele & Ian Mudie (1961)
  • Looking at Poetry (1960) Edited by Colin Thiele
  • Man in a Landscape (1960)
  • The State of Our State: Peeping At South Australia, Adelaide (1952)
  • Jindyworobak Anthology (1953)
  • The Golden Lightning: Poems (1950)
  • Progress to Denial: A Poem (1945)
  • Splinters and Shards: Poems (1945)
  • General Literature
  • With Dew on My Boots: A Childhood Revisited (1997)
  • Ranger’s Territory: The Story of Frank Woerle (1987) as told to Colin Thiele
  • Something to Crow About: A Keyhole Glimpse of South Australia (1986)
  • The Best of Colin Thiele (1980)
  • The Adelaide Story (1982)
  • Maneater Man: Alf Dean, The World’s Greatest Shark Hunter (1979)
  • Lincoln’s Place:The Story of an Australian Pioneer Farm (1978)
  • Passing Glances and Glancing Passes: The Role of Teachers Centres (1977)
  • The Benedictions of Benjamin Gates (1977) by Arthur Burfield and Colin Thiele
  • Some Ideas For Conference Organisers (1977) by Ron O’Hare & Colin Thiele
  • Masterpieces (1977)
  • The Bight (1976)
  • Heysen’s Early Hahndorf (1976) The Early Works of Sir Hans Heysen
  • The Little Desert (1975)
  • Grains of Mustard Seed (1975) with research by Ron Gibbs
  • Range Without Man: The North Flinders (1974)
  • Coorong (1972)
  • Barossa Valley Sketchbook (1968)
  • Heysen of Hahndorf (1968)
 

Movies Originating from the Books

  • Storm Boy (1976)
  • Blue Fin (1978)
  • Cigarettes and Matches (1979)
  • The Fire In The Stone (1984)
  • Gotcha (1991)
  • Sun on the Stubble (1996) TV Series
 

*Note*

  • If there is a book on the author’s list and its non-horsey but you would really like to get your hands on it, just ask.
  • Jody xxx
 

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