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Xavier Herbert

herbertXavier Herbert (1901-1984) lived in Fremantle between the ages of 12–14 where he attended Fremantle Boys’ State schools and at Christian Brothers College (CBC) Fremantle and began his writing career here. Herbert wrote the longest Australian novel, Poor Fellow My Country, for which he won the Miles Franklin Award. His best-known work is possibly Capricornia.

The passage that is highlighted on his 'totem' (on the Writers Walk) comes from his autobiography, Disturbing Element, and reflects on the pub heritage of the Fremantle.

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