Drawing on a varied and rich life including since retiring as Director of the Central Mapping Authority in Bathurst to becoming a dairy farmer in Comboyne and Secretary of the Comboyne Agricultural Show and now Port Macquarie retiree, Frank Urban has become a prolific writer. His work includes Ned’s Navy, from the private letters of his grandfather, Admiral Sir Edward Charlton KCB KCMG to his own biography entitled Mapmaker – Life and Spice Europe, Australia and Africa followed by a novella Mungo, Cape-Dutch Slave, Australian Convict set around the year 1800. There is also a Mid-Coast flavor in If you can’t get to Heaven, Comboyne will do, a number of short stories of local life. More recently Frank has been involved with Port Writers Inc. and Beyond the Three Brothers with contributions by 55 Camden Haven and Hastings locals.
In the ongoing spirit of collaboration Frank also was involved in the running of the successful Mid-North Coast Grassroots Writers Weekend in 2017 and continues to convene the Art and Culture Appreciation course at the Port Macquarie U3A.