Deborah Wheeler at Wagga Wagga signing the Kangaroo

Deborah C Wheeler


Silk Clouds & Olive Trees: Stories from The Battle of Crete

What a great turn out for the pre launch of Silk Cloud & Olive Trees: Stories from The Battle of Crete on the 24th April 2021. My guests Andreas Lionakis who is undertaking his 5th annual Battle of Crete ANZAC Rememberance Walk and Susan Chuck representing 42 for 42 were both very powerful speakers at the event. My partners for the event were The Churches of Christ Aged Care in Warwick and despite the COVID restrictions they were able to cater to a restricted full audience. The home made ANZAC biscuits and cuppa were very well received.

The official launch of the book will be held in Brisbane at the Paddo Tavern starting at 6.30pm -8.30pm on Thursday 20th May 2021. The 20th May is a significant date as this marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the battle in Crete.

If you would like to attend the launch in Brisbane or to order your copy of the book, please contact me now.

Book costs $25.00 per copy and $5.00 postage & handling if posting is required.  $5.00 from the sale of every book will be donated to 42 for 42.

FUNDRAISING for our Schools

Children are back at school and its time to start thinking about new school resources. For every copy of “My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC” which is purchased until ANZAC Day, I will donate a copy to a schools Teachers Resources Library.


One of the greatest gifts bestowed upon me is the love of books.

I can remember staying at my grandparents, and after lights out at night-time, sneaking my head under the covers and reading for hours by the light of my torch.

My parents always gave us books for birthdays and Christmas. I was the middle child in a family of six, so there was a wide range of books for me to read.

After qualifying as a library technician in 1990, I worked in libraries for over 20 years. I have also worked in all aspects of newspaper publishing, and travelled around the east coast of Australia as an advertising consultant.

In 2006, while working as manager of a bowls club in Queensland, I was faced with the challenge of finding information about other clubs for travelling bowlers. There was no relevant information available, so I drew on my grounding in library and information services, and  took the gigantic step of publishing the first and only national lawn bowls directory. Twelve years later, this is still thriving.

Writing and research became my passion. I love meeting people from all walks of life, talking with them and researching their stories. It widens my understanding of many historical events that have happened, especially those linked to our rich military history in Australia.


R.E.A.D. – READ children who read from a physical book learn and retain information better than by using digital formats, EDUCATE them through the story, ACTIVATE their imaginations with the illustrations, DONATE your time to read to children, donate to a school so we can continue this important cycle of learning. Click on the CONTACT tab and send me an email and I will contact you.


Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School (Mitchelton)

Help educate our current and future generations in a way children will connect with and learn the story of one of our ANZACS.

BOOKS by Deborah C Wheeler

2021     Silk Clouds & Olive Trees: Stories from the Battle of Crete

2018    My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC

2018    Kyoomba Sanatorium 1916-1935 Volume II

2018    Kyoomba Sanatorium 1916-1935 Volume 1

2016    Kyoomba Sanatorium – Set of 5 broadsheets

2015    Tales of a Military Medal Recipient and a Lancaster Bomber Rear Gunner

2015    I Remember in 2015

PRE 2015 – Written / Published

2007-2013 Australian Bowls Directory;  4 Ingredients Calendars 2009, 2010 & 2011; Mandurah Bowling & Recreation Club, Celebrating 125 years 1887-2012 Glen Aplin State School; Applethorpe State School Centenary 1911-2011; 100 years of school Thulimbah State School 1914-2014; Travelling Bowler 2013-