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List of the most popular authors from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Australian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Australian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Authors here include everything from Donald Bradman to Gilbert Percy Whitley.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Australia?" and "Who are the best Australian authors?"

For further information on these historic Australian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Australian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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G. Glaskin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The land that sleeps, A change of mind, A small selection of short stories
Gerald Glaskin was a Western Australian author.
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Louis Becke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Tom Gerrard, Chinkie's flat and other stories, The ebbing of the tide
George Lewis Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist.
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Mary Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Poems for playtime, Hound of the road, The singing tree
Dame Mary Gilmore DBE was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist.
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Geoffrey Dutton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Founder of a city, Selective Affinities: New Poems, A rare bird
Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO was an Australian author and historian.
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Patrick White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Voss, Riders in the Chariot, The Living and the Dead
Patrick Victor Martindale White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian writer who, from 1935 to 1987, published 12 novels, three short-story collections and eight plays. White's ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
K, The Showgirl Princess, Kylie: La La La
Kylie Ann Minogue, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. Throughout her career, Minogue has been known for reinventing herself ...more

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#30 of 466 The Best Current Pop Groups/Singersfeaturing The Best Kylie Minogue Albums of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Christine Harris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Foreign Devil, Shivers, Bed and not much breakfast
Christine Harris is an Australian writer of children's and young-adult with works both in speculative fiction and historical fiction.
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Aravind Adiga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The White Tiger: A Novel, Between the Assassinations
Aravind Adiga (born 23 October 1974) is an Indo-Australian writer and journalist. His debut novel, The White Tiger, won the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
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David McRobbie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Waxing with Wayne, The Wayne Dynasty, Mandragora
David McRobbie is an Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature.
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Ronald Fisher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, Natural selection, heredity
Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was a British statistician and geneticist. For his work in statistics, he has been described as "a genius who almost ...more
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Saleem Ali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Islam and education, Mining, the environment
Saleem or Salim Ali may refer to: Saleem Ali (politician) (died 2007), Maldivian politician Saleem Ali (academic) (born 1973), American academic of Pakistani origin Salim Ali (1896–1987), ...more
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Timothy Conigrave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Holding the Man, Theiving Boy
Tim Conigrave (19 November 1959 – 18 October 1994) was an Australian actor, writer, and activist.
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Robert Bruce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Energy Work
Robert Bruce is an English-born mystic author living in Australia. Bruce is best known for his studies of out of body experience, which first became public in the early 1990s through his ...more
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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Popcorn, The First Casualty, Blast from the Past
Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a ...more
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Emma Darcy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Wedding To Remember, Wrong Mirror, A Very Stylish Affair
Emma Darcy is the pseudonym used by the Australian husband–wife writing team of Wendy Brennan (born 28 November 1940) and Frank Brennan (1936–95), they wrote in collaboration over 45 romance ...more
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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Death of Bunny Munro, And the Ass Saw the Angel, King Ink
Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave ...more

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#90 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwritersfeaturing The Best Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Albums of All Timelisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
My Wicked, Wicked Ways, Showdown
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, he ...more

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#111 of 1,151 The Best Actors in Film Historyfeaturing The Best Errol Flynn Movieslisted on List of Deaths Through Alcohol

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Barry Humphries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
MY GORGEOUS LIFE, My Life as Me, Les Patterson Has a Stand Up
John Barry Humphries, (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author. He is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame ...more

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Carter Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Lover, The Temptress, Play now--kill later
Carter Brown was the literary pseudonym of Alan Geoffrey Yates (1 August 1923 – 5 May 1985), an English-born Australian writer of detective fiction.
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Margaret Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Mail Order Marriage, No Alternative, Gabriel's mission
Margaret Way is an Australian writer of romance novels and women's fiction. A prolific author, Way has written more than 120 novels, many through Mills & Boon, a romance imprint of British ...more
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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Waiting for the Barbarians, Slow Man, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II
John Maxwell Coetzee () (born 9 February 1940) is a South African-born novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He has also won the Booker ...more
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Thomas Keneally is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Schindler's Ark, The great shame, American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles
Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is a prolific Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of ...more
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Portia de Rossi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
Vegan Cooking for Carnivores
Portia Lee James DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers; 31 January 1973), known professionally as Portia de Rossi, is an Australian, model, philanthropist, and actress. She is best known for ...more

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Arthur Upfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The widows of Broome, Bony buys a woman, Madman's bend
Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 – 12 February 1964) was an English/Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon ...more
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David Williamson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Australia
The Removalists, Don's Party, The Club
David Keith Williamson, AO (born 24 February 1942) is an Australian dramatist and playwright. He has also written screenplays and teleplays.