Patrick Kelly





Welcome to The Sheila Stories, which relate the life of an Australian woman in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.

Click here to listen to a two-minute introduction.

Each week, I release a new story from the collection.

You can listen to (or read) the stories right here on my website.

Or, search for The Sheila Stories on your favorite podcast outlet (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, etc.)

Introduction to The Sheila Stories

Do you love Australians?

Do you love the greatest generation? The men and women who did their part to fight and win World War II?

Or maybe you just love adventure stories with a strong female lead.

If any of these characteristics excites you, listen in because you’ll love the Sheila Stories.

Here is a quick overview: 

The framework is a classic story within story:

The outer layer is formed by a widower—Thomas—and his two young daughters, Natalie and April. Thomas is concerned because the girls don’t have a strong female figure in their lives, so he starts telling them the Sheila Stories, a series of adventures involving an Australian woman in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

But Sheila is no ordinary woman

At the age of eighteen, she comes into some money and leaves a comfortable home in Sydney to buy a sheep farm in Queensland.

At that’s just the beginning for during the course of the stories, Sheila

Befriends aboriginal farm workers

Learns to shoot a rifle

Almost drowns

Fights dingos and a poisonous snake

Buys a ten thousand acre cattle station

Dances to big band music in Toowoomba

Joins the Australian Women’s Army Service in WW 2

Drives an ambulance

Risks her life to save another

Helps disabled servicemen

Marries a soldier

Moves to America

Runs a bed and breakfast in Cape May New Jersey

Teaches patience to a child

And opens a surf shop


I invite you to put your cares aside for thirty minutes a week and join me on a great journey.

Strike out to find your fortune at the age of eighteen.

Fight for a worthy cause.

Fall in love.

Experience the heartbreak of loss.

Laugh. Cry. Feel the salt air on your face as you ride your surfboard on the beaches of Sydney.

You just might have the time of your life.