Cheerio, Don


The book tells the story of the author’s uncle, Don Mitchell, who served in the Militia in New Guinea during World War II. This engaging family history gives fascinating insights into Australian life during the war, as it includes stories about Don’s family and how they coped with the war.

  • Title: Cheerio, Don
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2015
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 394 pages, 62 photographs and illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780992323783

Susan Alley

Susan Alley was born in Gordonvale, Far North Queensland, but grew up and was educated in Babinda, which is just half an hour south of Gordonvale. As she wanted to broaden her horizons, Susan moved to Sydney, to London, and then back to Australia to the northern rivers area in New South Wales, finally returning to Babinda where she now lives. She has written two other family history books: “Battle of the Bar” about her great-grandfather, Lachlan McKinnon; and “Flamin’ Donny!”, a book about her childhood on a sugar cane farm and her tormenting brother, Don, who was named after his uncle, Don Mitchell. Susan is already planning her next book.

Susan’s latest book, “Cheerio, Don”, will be published early in 2015.