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Peter Yeldham Peter Yeldham i(A24044 works by)
Born: Established: 1927 Gladstone, Kempsey area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Peter Yeldham is a screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. He began his career in the early 1940s, writing scripts for Sydney radio station 2GB, along with short stories and a newspaper column. Following service in the Australian Army (when he was posted to Japan), he returned to Sydney and worked as a freelance writer, mainly writing scripts for locally produced radio dramas. Dissatisfied with poor rates of pay and seeking adventure, he moved to England with his young family in 1956, where he started writing for film and television. Since returning to Australia in 1975, he has written scripts for a string of iconic Australian feature films and television mini-series. In the early 1990s, he turned to writing novels.

Most Referenced Works


  • Further Reference:

    • Keavney, Kay, 'Gambles That Paid Off', Australian Women's Weekly, 20 July 1966, p.9.

Awards for Works

The Battlers 1994 series - publisher film/TV The 'battlers' are the itinerants left living a hand-to-mouth existence on the back roads of rural Australia after the Great Depression. The Battlers is also the love story of Snow and Dancy, which becomes a celebration of the human spirit against a backdrop of hardship and survival.
1995 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
The Alien Years 1988 series - publisher film/TV

Elizabeth Patterson is the headstrong daughter of a powerful member of the Australian Government. When she falls in love with Stefan Mueller, a German national, eyebrows are raised and whispers begin circulating within certain circles. The pair eventually marry and move to the Barossa Valley in South Australia, to grow grapes and live an unpressured existence. The outbreak of WWI seals their fate, however, giving rise to bitter hatred and threatening Stefan with the prospect of incarceration.

AWGIE Awards Best Original Drama.
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