Inspiration Then & Now


Noel Humphrey’s second book is a collection of poems on Australian society, culture and landscape, now and in the past. Topics explored in the poems include Australian folklore, love of country, issues related to service men and women, and Australian customs.

“Inspiration Then & Now” is a tribute to Australian history and culture, with poems presenting a fresh view of a Cobb & Co stagecoach robbery, the “real” story of Ned Kelly, and a potted history of early explorers of our wide brown land. Noel Humphreys also includes poems about Australian floral emblems, the humble Victa lawnmower, and the role of Australian soldiers over the years.

  • Title: Inspiration Then & Now
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2019
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 62
  • ISBN: 9780648292975

Noel Humphreys

Noel Humphreys was born in 1947, the third of four children. As his parents led a nomadic lifestyle, Noel was educated in several New South Wales schools.

Noel worked a few years for the New South Wales State Rail Authority before following his eldest brother’s lead and enlisting in the Army. His twenty-year career included two tours of Viet Nam during the conflict in that country. The first tour was shared with both of his brothers.

He married when he was nineteen years old, and he and his wife, Heather, had two daughters and adopted a son. They are still happily married, and in 2016 will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Noel and Heather now live in Caboolture, Queensland.

“This Homeland of Mine” is Noel’s first book, to be published by Jabiru Publishing, Cairns, Australia in 2015.