Empty Saddles

Milton Taylor
June 1943 ~ May 2015

 Milton Taylor, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland Australian Bush poet Milton Taylor passed away on May 16, 2015. Milton first traveled to Elko in 1997 as part of the award for winning the Waltzing Matilda Poetry Prize presented by the Australian Bush Poets Association. He made the trip to Elko and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering many times since then, often entertaining in Elko area schools as part of his visits.

Milton was loved by all who knew him. He had been unable to travel to Elko for several years and we felt his absence keenly. Our thoughts are with his family today.

During Milton’s childhood, poetry and yarn-spinning were considered important social skills, and he learned many classic poems and stories from his drover father. In his early years, Milton worked in the sheep industry; he also spent time as a station hand, cowboy, lab tester and coal miner. Throughout his life, he recited Bush poetry and especially enjoyed sharing the work of traditional Australian poets, such as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson. He also felt that by teaching traditional poetry to the younger generation, they gained a greater appreciation for history.

Milton won many awards in Australia for his poetry. Most recently he was the recipient of the 2015 “Judith Hosier Award” for outstanding achievement in nuturing Australia’s unique heritage of rhymed verse presented by The Australian Bush Poet Laureat Awards.



Australian Bush Poets Association: http://www.abpa.org.au/