UPFIELD always thrills 


Arthur W.Upfield Australian Author Family Website 

Managed by William A.Upfield, Grandson.


Arthur Upfield is noted as being one of the most prolific Australian authors of his time noted worldwide for his fictional detective Napoleon Bonaparte AKA "BONY". Upfield wrote over 35 titles including 250 short stories which have been collated into the Up & Down Australia Collection by Kees de Hoog.

Upfield's works are very much still in favour today available on eBooks, Kindle, Audio, Hard Print and Print On Demand.

He was born on 1st September 1890 in Gosport on Portsmouth Bay, Hampshire, England.

Landing in Adelaide in 1911 his first job was as a kitchen hand, this was not for him and he was lured to the bush by his sense of adventure. During his time in the Outback he worked as a Drover, Boundary Rider on the Rabbit Proof Fence, Opal Diggerand Manager of a Camel Station. Travelling through the bush he grew to love the Australian outback and the Aboriginal culture.

Arthur Upfield was Australia's first Criminal Fiction writer. ‘Bony Buys A Woman’ was one of the final four nominations for the Edgar Alan Poe Award for the best Mystery novel published in the U.S.A in 1957. He was the first Non-American Author to be awarded full Membership of the Mystery Writers Guild of America.

Arthur Upfield passed away in Bowral, N.S.W on the 12th February 1964 (not 13th February which is often incorrectly quoted) aged 74.

The Upfield Brothers:
A photo of Frank and Edward Upfield with staff from the Upfield Brothers Emporium, 87 North St, Gosport, England circa 1935 can be seen under Photos.
Oliver Upfield (gentleman with the beard in photos) opened the Emporium 1850 which ran until 1954, 104 years. Emporium values, quote "reliable productions from reliable suppliers" unquote, appears to have worked.
Arthur was one of 5 boys, Arthur, Edward (Ted) Frank, Nelson & Oliver John to Oliver James & Annie Upfield nee Barmore, Arthur was the only one who migrated (1911)

Lucky for me and all of us he came to Australia and went on to become an integral part of Australian Literary History through his love of the new land he had found.

Quote " In me was born a passionate love for the Australian bush which will burn until the end, a love stronger than love of family, so strong that even now it threatens to claim me" unquote.

Read Arthur's story on wikipedia.


William A.Upfield, Grandson 

Cell phone +61 409 300 113

Email: upfield@live.com.au


His Work

Upfield’s first published book was The House of Cain in 1928. It wasn’t until The Barrakee Mystery that he introduced the character of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, affectionately known as ‘Bony’. Bony was a mixed blood Aboriginal famous for using technics he learnt in the bush to track down his suspects. Bony is also known as Boney for the American market and was also used in 70's Australian TV series (BONEY) which was also distributed overseas in high demand.

His Works over the years have been published in the UK, USA and in several languages such as French, German, Italian, out selling the Australian market.  

Bonaparte Holding Pty Ltd                                             

William A. Upfield, Grandson and Governing Director at Bonaparte Holdings Pty Ltd holds the Worldwide Copyright on all Arthur Upfield’s works including Film, Stage, Print & Audio . The word BONY is trademarked.

All Photographs are subject to Copyright.

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