Colin Thiele has died: 'Storm Boy' author Thiele dies. 04/09/2006. ABC News Online. He was a prolific writer and I read many of his books when I was at primary school. It was a Lutheran school with many teachers from South Australia, so his works were quite popular - they got read out with quite some gusto :) One teacher in particular seemed to love putting on the accents of the older characters in Sun on the Stubble.
With all the attention for Steve Irwin, it's sad that Thiele's passing is likely to go more or less unnoticed.