Barry H Young OAM, was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He's married to Bev and has a son and daughter and four grandchildren. Barry has had a lifetime involvement with Rotary (Paul Harris fellowship recipient), Freemasonry and YMCA, in Albury Age Concern and the Thurgoona Community Centre.

He is an author of historical literature and is also Australia's most prominent author of Western Frontier novels: River of Dreams, Reign of Terror, Shadows on the Lonesome Trail, The Undefeated, (USA Spur award nomination), Hunter's Moon and Colours of the Wind being some of his best known works. His writings include award winning short stories - Shadows of the Wolf, The Snake Trail and Red Wind which have been described as 'pure poetry'.

Barry also is the author of the world acclaimed The Funeral Celebrants Handbook and his sequel Saying Farewell to Those We Love. The 2rd edition of The Funeral Celebrants Handbook has just been released.

In conjunction with the Rotary Club of Albury Hume and the Albury Library Museum he founded and co-ordinates the local secondary schools short story and poetry competition "River of Stories" now in its 13th year which was established to encourage school students to develop literary skills.

Barry was awarded an Order of Australia on Australia Day 2008 for meritorious service to the community through support for a range of youth, service and aged care organisations and grief counselling; in 2014 the NSW Government Albury Citizen of the Year and in 2015 The Albury Council Volunteer of the Year.
Barry lives with his wife Bev and family in the beautiful Thurgoona Valley in rural NSW.