H. A. Lindsay (1900–1969) was an Australian writer for children who was born in Hyde Park, South Australia.[1]

H. A. Lindsay
BornHarold Arthur Lindsay
(1900-11-13)13 November 1900
Hyde Park, South Australia
Died4 December 1969(1969-12-04) (aged 69)
Highgate, South Australia
Occupationnovelist and writer for children
Notable worksThe First Walkabout
Notable awardsChildren's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers
Years active1915-1964

As a child he was educated at Kyre College (now Scotch College, Adelaide).[2]

He travelled widely in Australia before working as a commercial bee-keeper and farmer leading up to the Second World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1942 and rose to warrant officer, class one, in the Australian Army Education Service where he taught the bushcraft he had learned on his pre-war travels.[3]

After the war he became a full-time writer and broadcaster, writing regular columns for the Melbourne Age and Adelaide Sunday Advertiser newspapers.[3]

He wrote five novels for adults and was awarded the Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers for his work The First Walkabout which he wrote with Norman B Tindale and published in 1954.[4]

He died in Highgate, South Australia in 1969.[1]



  • The Red Bull (1959)
  • Sweeps the Wide Earth (1960)
  • Janie McLachlan (1961)
  • Faraway Hill (1963)
  • And Gifts Misspent (1964)

Young Adult fictionEdit



  1. ^ a b Austlit - H. A. Lindsay
  2. ^ Round, Kerrie. "Harold Arthur (Bill) Lindsay - Australian Dictionary of Biography". ADB. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Australian Dictionary of Biography - Lindsay, Harold Arthur by Kerrie Round
  4. ^ Austlit - The First Walkabout by Norman B. Tindale & Harold Arthur Lindsay