David McRobbie

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David McRobbie
Born David Hewitt McRobbie
(1934-09-17) September 17, 1934 (age 82)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australia
Genre children's books

David McRobbie is an Australian writer of television, radio and children's literature.


McRobbie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1934.[1] In 1958 he moved to Australia and worked as a teacher in the 1960s in Papua New Guinea.[2] He is currently a full-time writer but has previously worked as a television and radio producer, a ship's engineer, and a college lecturer. McRobbie's first published work was in 1976 with a collection of stories, entitled Talking Tree and Other Stories.[3] In 1991 he started writing the series of Wayne which he adapted in 1996 into a television series entitled The Wayne Manifesto.[3] In 2000 he created the television series Eugenie Sandler P.I. and was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for older readers for his novel, Tyro.[2] In 2002 his novel Mum, Me, and the 19th C was a finalist for the Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel.[4]



Wayne series

  • The Wayne Manifesto (1991)
  • Waxing with Wayne (1993)
  • The Wayne Dynasty (1993)
  • The Wages Of Wayne (1994)
  • Wayne in the Wings (1994)
  • A Whole Lot of Wayne (2008)

Other novels

  • Punch Lines (1987)
  • Head Over Heels (1990)
  • The Fourth Caution (1991)
  • This Book Is Haunted (1993)
  • Timelock (1993)
  • Mandragora (1994)
  • Prices (1995)
  • See How They Run (1996)
  • Mum, Me, the 19c (1999)
  • Tyro (1999)
  • Eugenie Sandler P.I. (2000)
  • Fergus Mcphail (2001)
  • Mum, Me, and the 19th C (2002)
  • Strandee (2003)
  • Mad Arm of the Y (2005)
  • Vinnie's War (2011)


  • Talking Tree and Other Stories (1976)
  • Flying with Granny and Other Stories (1989)

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Album" (1995) in Dark House (ed. Gary Crew)

Source: Fantastic Fiction, ISFDB


  • The Wayne Manifesto (1996–1997) writer of 26 episodes, adapted from the Wayne series
  • See How They Run (1999) adapted from McRobbie's 1996 novel See How They Run
  • Eugenie Sandler P.I. (2000) creator and writer
  • Fergus McPhail (2004) creator and writer of 26 episodes

Source: IMDB


Aurealis Awards

two children's awards from the school of the arts sydney Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award


  1. ^ "David McRobbie - Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Author and producer David McRobbie". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2005-06-05. Retrieved 2010-04-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "David McRobbie". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  4. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2003 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-26.