About the Aussie Publisher - Wilma Russell

It would seem that Australia and Texas are an eternity apart and never the twain would meet. But that was not the case for Scottish born Wilma Russell who as a child, moved to Australia with her parents. Russell attended an all-girls school near Sydney before being lured by the call of the wide open spaces. For seven of her 12 years in the Australian Outback she worked with her former husband, who managed remote cattle stations of over one million acres, some an 8-hour drive to the closest town or a 2-hour flight in a single engine Cessna. Wilma often spent her days on horseback swimming cattle over flooded rivers - constantly on the look out for crocodiles - mustering wild cattle and living from a pack bag for weeks at a time, and sleeping beneath the breathtaking blaze of Southern stars.

When her Outback days came to an end, for the next five years she designed her own line of Western wear before entering the publishing business producing The Western Horseman’s Annual, Australia’s leading Western magazine. In 1989 she was awarded the “Media Person of the Year” by Australia’s Pro Rodeo Association. Russell won many notable events showing horses over the years, and was an accredited Australian Quarter Horse Association Judge.

Duke's oldest son, the late Michael Wayne, and Aussie Publisher, Wilma Russell

Russell moved to Texas, where in the mid-90s she founded the successful national Western magazine, Cowboys & Country. After she sold her magazine several years later she moved into book publishing with two of her titles created around America’s legendary Hollywood cowboy, John Wayne. John Wayne - There Rode a Legend and John Wayne - A Western Celebration. John Wayne - There Rode a Legend was the only book to have the total cooperation of the late Michael Wayne, Executor of the John Wayne Estate. Both oversized, museum quality books are visually stunning productions celebrating a timeless American. The latest edition to the stable of Russell's books is the beautifully illustrated title, John Wayne - True Grit - American, reminding us of the spirit of the West - the spirit of America.