Deborah Wheeler at Wagga Wagga signing the Kangaroo Deborah C Wheeler


30 November 2019 – A big thank you to the ladies from the Warwick Spinners & Weavers who held their Christmas get together at my home. We all had a great time and at the finish of the afternoon they presented me with $200 to purchase copies of My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC for schools who don’t yet have copies that we know of. 14 new schools have been added to our schools list.

14 November 2019 – Donate $1,000 to Mates4Mates. This was a special day as some of their sponsors agreed to pay $2 for every dollar donated on that day. This then turned my donation from the sale of My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC into $3,000. Way to go.

NOTE: What a wonderful trip to Adelaide. Met all my expectations and them some. The whole experience is one I would recommend to anyone wanting to further their knowledge on Military history.

5-9 November 2019 – Adelaide – meeting with Virtual War Memorial South Australia. They have an amazing website and I will be sharing information with them re a nurse and three soldiers originally from South Australia, enlisted in the First World War and who all ended up at the Kyoomba Sanatorium. Attending Remembrance  Day commemorations in Adelaide on the 11th November.


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.


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Mates4Mates and Deborah are holding readings of My Pop was a Kangaroo ANZAC around Australia during the month of May 2020. If you would like to join us and read your copy of the book to family, a school group, community group, at your local library or group meeting then register your interest today. Contact Deborah at: for more information. Help us educate our current and future generations about the Anzacs in a way that children will connect with while at the same time, helping to support a very worthwhile organisation like Mates4Mates.

BOOKS by Deborah C Wheeler

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

Australian Bowls Directory 2007- 2013;  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-