Andrew McMillan. Larrimah, NT 2010. Photo: Glenn Campbell

Statement on the death of Andrew McMillan

Respected Northern Territory writer Andrew McMillan, 54, died this evening at his home in Darwin. He was with friends.

“Andrew was one of the Territory’s great eccentrics—but also one of its best contemporary writers,” said Mr Mackinolty.

“He came to the Territory chasing music as a journalist, which led to the influential book Strict Rules which covered the Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil tour of the Territory and never looked back as a writer.

“He followed this with Death in Dili, Catalina Dreaming and An Intruders Guide to East Arnhemland—the latter led to his being awarded NT Writer of the Year in 2009.

“He was also the leader of the band, Darwin’s Fourth Estate, a notorious collection of journalists and real musicians. The band’s last performance was held nearly a year ago, to celebrate a Living Wake for Andrew.

“He was working till the end, writing, performing and producing a CD with his latest band, The Rattling Mudguards, as well as finalising an anthology of his writings. Both will be released posthumously.

“At his wish, Andrew will be buried near Larrimah, followed by a wake at the Railway Club on dates to be announced.

“Andrew made it known that he is deeply grateful for support over the last year given to him by the Palliative Care staff at RDH.”


Chips Mackinolty,


28 January 2012

You can see a little more about Andrew here.