Jim Nicholls

travel, history, memoirs


JIM NICHOLLS was born in Cootamundra NSW where, as a young boy his fascination with all things railway began.

After a 21-year-stint in the Royal Australian Air Force, he moved with his family to Laidley in Queensland where he took up a position in the Administration Department of the nearby Queensland Agricultural College.

Turning his hand to writing, he served as the long-time country correspondent for the major regional newspaper The Queensland Times. For many years he was also the chief reporter for the Laidley-based Valley Weekender.

He has travelled the world in search of adventure and train travel, producing stories from the Trans-Siberian Railway, USA, UK, South America, Africa, China, Tibet, India, Myanmar, Ukraine and South-East Asia. And, of course his home country of Australia.

He is the author of several popular books, and has had his many history and travel stories featured in a variety of publications.

In 2003 his literary efforts were recognised with the Laidley Shire Council’s award of their Australia Day Cultural Medal.

Prior to retirement, and the corona virus shutdowns, he enjoyed visiting distant places and writing about them on his return.



Books by Jim Nicholls

Speaking of Trains

Speaking of Trains

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Speaking of Trains is a selection of stories centred on train travel.

The book also includes snippets of history and little-known facts about the places visited. In addition to that, a subtle theme of humour and self-deprecation runs through the book.