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James Aldridge
Libby Anderson

Janet Ashton

Ivy Baker

Rory Barnes
Gillian Barnett

Helen Barrett (Elizabeth Whitbread)
Glenys Bell
Deborah Bennett

Ellen Bosworth

Anne Brooksbank
Amy Brown
Mary Grant Bruce
Alyssa Brugman
Paul Buddee
Nan Chauncy
Mavis Thorpe Clark

Joy Cowley
Sheryn Dee

Julian Dickon

John C Downie

James M Downie
Anne Farrell

Thurley Fowler
Phillis (Phyllis) Garrard
Stacy Gregg

Estelle Grey

E Mary Gurney

John Heffernan
Kathy Helidoniotis

Wendy Jackson
Bernadette Kelly
Jeri Kroll
Henry G Lamond
Alison Lester
Meg Lewis
Gladys Lister
Eugene Lumbers

Cecil and Celia Manson

Alan Marshall
Toy Martin
Elyne Mitchell

Ruth Morris

Trudy Nicholson

Leonie Norrington

Judith O’Neill
Reginald Ottley
Mary Elwyn Patchett

Margaret Pearce
Karin Petersen-Schaefer
Joan Phipson
Betty Roland
Daphne Rooke

Carmel Rowley

Gillian Rubinstein

Stella Sammon

Liliana Stafford
Fae Hewston Stevens

Christine Stewart & Julie Yager

Duncan Stuart
Colin Thiele
Gwenda Turner

Dave Warner

Joyce West
Elizabeth Whitbread (Helen Barrett)
Zita White

Gwenda Williams

Like the UK and America, Australia has produced its share of fine pony book writing. The best known author outside (and probably inside) Australia is Elyne Mitchell, whose Silver Brumby series is still sought after throughout the English speaking world.


Many Australian pony books are set in the outbacfk and on large sheep stations. For reasons of geography, the gymkhana would have been difficult so these stories (Anne Farrell’s Gift Wrapped Pony, and Joan Phipson’s Boundary Riders amongst others) are about life on ponies at home; but then home covered several thousand acres. Below is a listing of authors from Australia and New Zealand: If you have information about the authors, or photographs of their books, or suggestions of other authors who could be included, I’d love to hear from you.


I am indebted to AustLit, the Australian Literature Resource, for much of the information in this section, and to Hannah Fleetwood for many of the pictures. Danyele Foster has also done a sterling job filling in gaps in bibliographical information, pictures and blurbs, and Cherie Goninon is always very generous in sending over pictures of things I don’t have.


It’s expensive importing books from the UK and USA: if you’re based in Australia or New Zealand, then try Equitainment, an Australian based company which has a wide range of secondhand horse books.

Pony Books from Australia and New Zealand

Authors from Australia and New Zealand