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Peter Burke


I am a Perth-born doctor, dividing my time between working at Murdoch University and in the amazing Kimberley region of Australia’s north-west. I write historical fiction with the aim of engaging readers in WA's unique history, while provoking thought and hopefully, some laughter.


My first novel, The Drowning Dream, a pearling mystery set in Broome in the early twentieth century, was shortlisted for The Australian / Vogel’s Literary Award and WA Premier’s Award. Wettening Auralia was set in the 1890’s WA goldrush and tells the story of the malign forces that hounded the pipeline engineer C.Y. O’Connor to his death. The Silk Merchant’s Son, published by Fremantle Press in 2023, tells the tale of twenty-eight Catholic missionaries, including Rosendo Salvado and Ursula Frayne, who arrived at 'Fleamantle' in 1846 with the misguided aim of saving 'two million souls.'

I also knock out an occasional bit of bush poetry, one of which was shortlisted for the Tom Collins award. I have published a non-fiction called A Dangerous Gift, revealing the real culprit behind the Sunday Times article which attacked CY O'Connor in the weeks before his tragic death. I edited the memoirs of prominent WA ophthalmologist Dr Peter Graham, entitled Have Schiotz, Will Travel.

Relevant qualifications

Nil relating to writing

Recent experience

City of Perth Perth Boorloo Festival invited speaker - Perth Library, 26 April 2023

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