Chas Adlard, Australian Author

Chas Adlard should be a thousand years old - he's been there, done that.
His stories always reflect the love he feels for Australia and its people."

About Chas

Chas' writing is full of warmth and humour and is about life as it is - happy, sad, up, down, with characters  who become real and draw the reader in to their world. He has a varied background in the Merchant Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and in government, and countless other jobs. He lives in the Adelaide Hills with his wife and two dogs. As well as writing his other interests are photography, swimming, walking, gardening, property development and having a beer while sitting in the sunshine on his front verandah.

You can read more about Chas here when he was interviewed by "Mind Like Water" in 2003.

Chas created and maintains the RAAF Fire Service webpage which he dedicated to the members, ex-members and families of R.A.A.F Fire Service personnel. It is a very large and active site which includes histories, yarns and many photographs.

Short Stories

"Summer Anniversary" - "For 365 pain-filled days he had been alone"
Prizewinner in 'The Advertiser" state-wide Short Story Competition 1996.

"Kip" - "...for this was Australia and Kip Carrington had arrived...'
Finalist in the WriteSpot Spring 2001 Short Story Competition.

"Dark Light" - "The dog was a Labrador of perfect colour - well 'almost'."

"Walkabout Country" - Set in the "top end" of Australia.

"Humbug Scrub" - In memory of Robert Morgan.

"Good, Golly - Gosh" - "Gone fishin'!"

"Beyonya" - "Woman in the bar, lads."
This story was published in a Danish high school text book and used for student assignments.

"Dirty, Filthy, Lovely Investment" - An easy to understand guide to property investment.

"Becoming a Blockie" - Tips from experience on rural development and building on country blocks.


Chas' books are available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and Lulu.

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"The Born Again Australian"

"The Born Again Australian" is a yarn about life in Australia - funny, sad, up, down, heart-warming and tragic. The first edition of this book sold over one thousand copies in its first three months on the market.

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A rotting body is found in a dugout in Coober Pedy, South Australia. Although the miner's possessions and valuable opal have been stolen, his sudden death is treated as an accident until an anoymous letter questions the Coroner's verdict.

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"Running Crown"

Currently a work in progress

so watch this space :)

John Evan Adlard's War Diaries

"LIFE ON A SHOESTRING" by John Evan Adlard 1973  (then aged 85)
transcribed by Chas Adlard

My father John Evan Adlard donated his World War One diaries to the Australian War Memorial.
  They are a detailed account of this ghastly war and the originals also contain some of his drawings.

Reference and link:
Australian War Memorial Private Records Collection Accession No: 2DRL/0020


I have dedicated this short story  to my father, John Evan Adlard, who fought gallantly for his country during World War One. As a source of research I depended greatly upon his diaries that are now the property of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Although the story is largely a work of fiction I have unashamedly shadowed his footsteps during this hideous conflict.