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John Wheeler John Wheeler i(A21516 works by)
Born: Established: 26 Jul 1901 Colac, Colac area, Geelong - Terang - Lake Bolac area, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 10 Sep 1984 Colac, Colac area, Geelong - Terang - Lake Bolac area, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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Lyricist and poet, best known for his collection of fifteen Australian Christmas carols, set to music by William G. James.

Wheeler was born in Colac, and educated at Colac High School and Melbourne Grammar. He originally worked as a teacher in Victoria. He was said to be proficient in French (as well as English), and could read and understand both Spanish and Classical Greek: he taught history and English.

From 1938 to 1964, he was employed as a script-writer with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, for whom he wrote radio plays and documentaries. He was also said to have written for television.

In 1976, Wheeler retired back to Colac with his wife, Margaret.


'John Wheeler 1901-1984', APRA: Magazine of the Australasian Performing Rights Association, December 1984, p.23.

Most Referenced Works


  • For information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).
  • From the 1930s until the 1960s Wheeler wrote lyrics for numerous musical compositions.
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