New Release

Poems by Uncle Wes Marne


ISBN: 978-0-6454282-0-9
Format: Paperback
Extent: 112 pages

For your FREE Teacher’s Notes to accompany THROUGH OLD EYES: Poems by Uncle Wes Marne, click here.

Published to commemorate Uncle Wes’s 100th birthday, this wide-ranging and thoughtful collection reflects on history, colonisation, family, childhood, Aboriginal Dreaming, traditions and storytelling, working lives and people.

“Uncle Wes Marne has a unique ability to allow the reader to see through his experienced eyes. The power and wisdom of his words is now more than ever important for the future generations to understand the time and place they exist in.”

Ben Bowen: CEO, Indigenous Literacy Foundation


Uncle Wes is a living treasure of Aboriginal storytelling wisdom. Through his poems Uncle Wes invites the reader to join him by the fire as he generously shares his reflections and reminiscences on one hundred years.

When he arrived in Sydney in the 1960s, Bigambul man, Uncle Wes, was not allowed to tell his stories at schools. He set up a fire bucket in his backyard and invited families and children from the local Aboriginal community to come to sit around the fire and share his stories. It did not take long for the police to arrive and arrest him for hosting an unlawful gathering – he spent two days in lock-up for sharing his stories.

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LIMITED OFFER – commemorative pack to celebrate Uncle Wes’s 100th birthday!


per pack (plus postage and packaging)

ONLY 100 packs available

  • Numbered print of portrait of Uncle Wes by Bigambul artist and illustrator Dub Leffler from a photo by Jamie James.
  • Sheet of 10 Australia Post stamps with image of Uncle Wes from photo by Jamie James
  • Signed copy of “Through Old Eyes: poems by Uncle Wes Marne”.

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