Mervyn J. Webster
Merv was born in the Queensland border town of Goondiwindi. As a banker, his dad’s work took the family to a number of towns throughout Queensland. Merv received his education to Junior level and then tried his hand at various occupations such as a Lad Porter on the Railway, then as a Clerk for the Commonwealth Bank, an Accountant, and the Toowoomba City Council. He married a Roma girl, Christine Edwards, in Toowoomba and together they have four children.
After marrying, Merv worked as a Clerk, Shop Assistant, Slaughterman and an Electrical Line Worker. These jobs took him and his family to towns such as Toowoomba, Roma, Cairns, Gatton, Warialda and Goondiwindi. During his time in Roma, Merv took an interest in stock work and received an education on all aspects of the life, some of which he’d rather forget, from a hardened old drover, Chris’ dad. In 1994 the Webster family moved to Bargara, where Merv began writing books on various family histories.
Impressed by the stories told to him, along with the experiences he had with Chris’ dad, Merv began trying his hand at writing bush poetry. His first book of bush poetry was called ‘Tales of Uncle Jim’ and was well received. A fellow poet, Neil McArthur whom he met in 1996, encouraged Merv to try performing his poetry at the Bundy Mob’s Bush Poets Muster. That was the beginning of Merv’s career as a Performing Bush Poet.
Merv feels that he has been fortunate over the years to be able to perform and win numerous awards for his performance and written Bush Poetry, Yarn spinning and Bush Ballad Lyrics. Since 1996 he has published eight books of bush verse and yarns and has recorded eight albums. With his wife, Merv continues to tour with their show, Bush Poetry Ballads and Yarns.