William Henry Ogilvie biography

William Henry Ogilvie


1869 – 1963


Who was William Henry Ogilvie?

William Henry Ogilvie was a Scottish-Australian narrative poet and horseman. He was born near Kelso, Borders, Scotland and arrived in Australia in 1889 returning to Scotland after a decade.

Ogilvie had a deep love of horses and riding and he naturally became interested in the outback. Before long he became an expert station hand, drover and horse breaker, working on such stations as Belalie on the Warrego, and Maaoupe near Penola in South Australia. He was a friend of Harry "Breaker" Morant and was described as a quiet-spoken Scot of medium height, with a fair moustache and red complexion. He wrote lyrical and romantic poetry noted for its balladic style, with expressive descriptions of outback life and characters. Will, as he was known, also wrote a great deal of work on English and Scottish themes and his work has been included in collections of English and Scottish poetry. All of his work was originally published in and he is most closely associated with Australia.

His love of the outback, dogs and horses is well-reflected in his work. A collection of Will Ogilvie's poetry was published in and was "Dedicated to Comrades of Camp-fire and Muster"; the book contains a foreword by R. M. Williams, who met him in the late 1940s and who was instrumental in publishing the works.

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Aug 21, 1869
Jan 30, 1963

on July 23, 2013


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