Barry Oakley

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Barry Oakley
Born Barry Kingham Oakley
(1931-02-24) 24 February 1931 (age 86)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Christian Brothers College, St Kilda
Alma mater University of Melbourne

Barry Kingham Oakley (born 24 February 1931)[1] is an Australian writer.[2]


Born in Melbourne, Oakley was educated at Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, and the University of Melbourne.[1] He was a secondary school teacher in Victoria from 1955 to 1962, and also lectured in humanities at RMIT University in 1963. He worked as an advertising copywriter and for the Department of Overseas Trade before his first novel, A Wild Ass of a Man, was published in 1967. He was joint winner of the Captain Cook Bicentenary Literary Award for his 1971 novel Let's Hear it for Prendergast. His early plays were performed at La Mama Theatre in Carlton.[3]

From 1988 to 1997, Oakley was literary editor of The Australian newspaper.[1]


  • From the Desk of Eugene Flockhart (1966)
  • Witzenhausen, Where Are You? (1968)
  • A Lesson in English (1976)
  • It's a Chocolate World
  • Cullity on Furniture
  • The Feet of Daniel Mannix
  • Beware of Imitations
  • Bedfellows (1975)
  • The Ship's Whistle (1978)
  • Marsupials (1979)
  • Scanlan (1980)
  • Beware of Imitations (1985)
  • Music (2012)



  1. ^ a b c Who's Who in Australia (2010)
  2. ^ Luke Slatterty, "10 questions: Barry Oakley, author, 81" The Australian, 15 December 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
    - Graeme Blundell, "Wittily irascible playwright back on stage in 'a late efflorescence'", The Australian 9 November 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2013
  3. ^ Oakley, Barry, AustLit, 9 October 2008.

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