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Sue Williams is the author of a number of bestselling books, including Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest;Women of the Outback; No Time For Fear ā€“ the story of shark attack survivor Paul de Gelder ā€“ andMean Streets, Kind Heart: The Father Chris Riley Story.

Her other books include Left for Dead; Outback Spirit; Welcome to the Outback; Peter Ryan: The Inside Story and And Then The Darkness, about the disappearance of the British backpacker Peter Falconio, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Gold Dagger Award in the UK for the true crime book of the year, and the Ned Kelly Awards in Australia.

Also an award-winning journalist, Sue was born in England, and worked in print and television in the UK and New Zealand. She spent many years travelling around the world before falling in love with Australia in 1989. She lives in Sydney's Kings Cross with her partner, writer Jimmy Thomson. 
Ross Davies' expert knowledge of the Tour de France resulted in not only appearing on a national quiz show but the authoring of a locally set fiction novel, Middle-Aged Men in Lycra. 

His tour de force, though has been his biographical story Three Brilliant Careers. This is the story of outback governess Nell Malone, acclaimed literary figure, Miles Franklin and Brisbane born, Kath Ussher. Together with partner, Hellen Malone, Ross unravelled the mystery of Nell Malone and her relationship with the first international movie star, Max Linder as well as the intriguing tale of Miles Franklin and the suffregette movement in England just prior to World War I. 
Outback children's author and illustrator, Norah Kersh has been writing children's books for over 20 years. Her books include:
  • Outback Alphabet
  • Outback Countout
  • Outback Doctor
  • Outback School
  • Bushfire
  • Grandma's Precious Chest

In addition Norah has written her biography, Dry Grass Whispering and The Etta Plains Story. 
Ever wondered what a plane crash feels like? It's all in a day's work for multi-award-winning author and airline pilot, Helene Young. A check captain with Australia's largest regional airline, her job is to ensure aircrew can handle all inflight emergencies. It comes in handy for writing fast-paced suspense novels starring feisty women and sexy men. When she's not writing or flying you can find Helene sailing the high seas with her partner, Capt G, and Zeus the salty sea dog, aboard their catamaran Roo Bin Esque.

Helene won the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. She was also voted favourite romantic suspense author by the Australian Romance Readers Association in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and was shortlisted for the same award in 2012. Burning Lieswas shortlisted for the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award Mystery/Suspense in America.
Kaye Kuhn is a local Longreach girl born and bred with a passion for all Longreach history but in particular the stories of the people -  how they came to be here, what they did when they were here, who were/are their families.  I developed this passion when working for the Justice Department in 1980ā€™s, one of my jobs was to record the births deaths and marriages for the local registrar of births deaths and marriages.  Curiosity got the better of me one day and I started looking at my own family records and the story just goes on from there.
Today I feel humbled to be recognised as a Longreach Historian.  With a friend I co-authored a book to commemorate the soldiers of Longreach who are remembered on the cenotaph (this was done in 2013 before the 100 year celebrations started).  And of course, one story leads to another, so now I am trying to establish the soldiers buried in the Longreach Cemetery as well as what happened to the 745 men who enlisted from Longreach in WW1.  Eventually Iā€™d like to follow through with WWII.

I am the President of the Longreach Archival Group and have been with them since inception in 1999.  

Recently I have teamed with Brisbane History Tours to deliver guided cemetery tours of the Longreach Cemetery. As a side line I also run my own private research business, Gumtree Research, undertaking research for individuals and organisations for anything to do with Longreach.
John Morrison is the resident artist at the Stockamn's Hall of Fame. A now retired dentist but a lifetime artist, John has unravelled the history of Harry Readford alias Captain Starlight. John is not only responsible for writing and illustrating the book but also the scripting of the story for the Kinnon and Co show at Longreach.

John is currently working on the last bushrangers in Queensland, the Kenniff brothers.
Don Douglas comes from a family of storytellers and yarners with pastoral experience going back five generations to the days of the colony of Moreton Bay. Don has developed a series based on a fictional bushranger Elijah Henry. 

Don has been all of his life a prolific reader and writer. He has a number of unpublished manuscripts to come.
 
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