Location: Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia
Goulburn Australia Day Celebrations
Warren Brown is well known for his editorial cartoons, his appearances on radio and television, as an author, an adventurer and for his passion for history.
He has been the full-time editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph Mirror, The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph newspapers since 1986 and had accrued many awards including three times winner of the Australian Cartoonists’ Association Cartoonist of the Year.
His love for motoring and machines combined with his fascination for history saw him co-devise Back to the Track - a pilgrimage in 1995 to return WWII veterans to Darwin commemorating the wartime construction of the Stuart Highway and the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII.
The pilgrimage involved a train comprising of passenger carriages and flat cars loaded with 100 WWII vehicles to depart Central Railway Station in Sydney, then to Melbourne, Adelaide to arrive in Alice Springs. The vehicles were then unloaded to form and recreate a 100 vehicle-long convoy driving from The Alice to Darwin arriving on the eve of the 50th anniversary of war’s end.
In 2005 he co-conceived and implemented the Peking to Paris expedition – taking five 100 year -old cars from Beijing to Paris recreating the great Peking to Paris race of 1907. This was made into a four part documentary series for ABC TV and was a finalist for best documentary at the Logie Awards – and a book published by the same name. Warren and his co-driver Lang Kidby were awarded Australian Geographic’s Spirit of Adventure Award.
Warren has hosted numerous television series – National Treasures, The Prime Ministers’ National Treasures, Lost and Found, Rewind Moments in Time and has made regular appearances on The Insiders, Maingame, the Today Show among others .
In 2008 he was selected to be one of three hosts for the new BBC TV franchise Top Gear Australia for SBS TV – hosting for two seasons.
Warren hosted the national Saturday night radio program The Weekender for two years on ABC network local radio – nominated for two national radio awards.
Since 2006 Warren has been the overnight host at Gallipoli on Anzac Day and the pre-service host for the service at the Australian war cemetery at Lone Pine. In 2010 he was appointed a commissioner on the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary – a six person committee which included former Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke, to deliver a report to the Prime Minister as to how Australia would commemorate the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli in 2015 – and a four-year program of commemoration 2014 – 2018. He was appointed a member of the subsequent Anzac Centenary Task Force headed by Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston for Commemorative and Ceremonial – and the Creative committees. His role continues at Gallipoli in 2015.
Warren has written several books – his most recent is the biography of the Australian motorist and adventurer Francis Birtles and he is currently working on another book detailing the life of another fascinating – an controversial - outback personality.
He lives with his wife Tanya and seven year-old son at Middle Arm near Goulburn.