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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

y separately published work icon The Murrumbidgee Kid Camberwell : Viking , 2006 Z1240849 2006 single work novel historical fiction

'The small town of Gundagai in the 1930s is no place for the attractive and flamboyant Belle Carson and her young son, Teddy – particularly when she longs for him to achieve the success that eluded her on the stage and screen. Determined to pursue this dream, she abandons her husband and their Murrumbidgee River home for a more vibrant city life. But Belle’s obsession leads her and Teddy – whom the press christens ‘the Murrumbidgee Kid’ – into a world where nothing is safe or familiar. And from her carefully hidden past a threat soon emerges to make their precarious lives even more vulnerable . . .

'From rural Gundagai to the bright lights and shady underbelly of 1930s Sydney, this is a beautifully written and absorbing story about an unconventional family’s coming-of-age.'

Source : author's blurb

2006 commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
form y separately published work icon The Battlers ( dir. George Ogilvie ) Adelaide Australia : South Australian Film Corporation Seven Network , 1994 Z946537 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
form y separately published work icon The Alien Years ( dir. Donald Crombie ) Australia : ABC Television , 1988 Z1489562 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.

Best Original Drama.

Known archival holdings

National Film and Sound Archive (aka ScreenSound Australia) (ACT)
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