June Cookson was born near Merton Victoria, one of seven children, a direct descendant of Welsh?German pioneer farmers. Educated at Brankeet-West S.S., Mansfield H.E.S., Korowa Girls? Grammar, Melbourne; graduating from Bendigo Teachers College, her teaching career spanned twenty-five years then followed time as a private English tutor.
Living with her husband Geoffrey and their two -children on the Crystal Creek property in Alexandra, they frequently hosted international agricultural students. June has travelled widely abroad, remains passionate about the rural outback and has relocated with her family to New South Wales. She is currently working on another novel.
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