Max Fatchen, newspaperman, children’s author and all-round good guy, passed away on the weekend, aged 92 years.
Up until just a fortnight ago, Max was a regular columnist in the Saturday Advertiser, delighting readers with his ‘views on life’, and was well known for his love of the humble cream bun.
Growing up in Angle Vale, Max did not follow his father Cyril on to the land but chose a career behind his trusty type-writer, winning many accolades over his esteemed career.
Among a multitude of awards, there was the Order of Australia for literature in 1980, an Advance Australia Award for literature 11 years later, then in ‘96 a Walkley for journalism, and three children’s book of the year commendations.
For his 90th birthday, Max was celebrated with a special function in the Adelaide Town Hall, where a veritable who’s who of friends and acquaintances were in attendance.
Max is a man for all South Australians, although his heart has always been in Gawler, where he attended high school.
While alive Max was a living treasure, now there will be just the memories, and enough words from his hand to fill a library.
Goodbye dear friend.