The life of Bryce Courtenay

Bryce Courtenay launches novel Solomons Song. Solomons Song is about Australia's journey to nationhood. Pictured left to right is Sir William Keys and Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archives
Bryce Courtenay launches novel Solomons Song. Solomons Song is about Australia's journey to nationhood. Pictured left to right is Sir William Keys and Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archives
Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Rick Stevens/Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Rick Stevens/Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay at an event. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay at an event. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay at a book reading session in Paddington. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay at a book reading session in Paddington. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay pictured at his North Sydney office shortly after the release of his book,"The Potato Factory". Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay pictured at his North Sydney office shortly after the release of his book,"The Potato Factory". Photo: Fairfax Archive

Gareth Evans with Bryce Courtenay and today to speak about a GST on books. Pic by Heath Missen.

Gareth Evans with Bryce Courtenay and today to speak about a GST on books. Pic by Heath Missen.

Bryce Courtnay holding a 'Yowie' CD.ROM. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtnay holding a 'Yowie' CD.ROM. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay with some year prep and 1 students from Williamstown North Primary School at Taronga Zoo to launch the yowie education CD. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay with some year prep and 1 students from Williamstown North Primary School at Taronga Zoo to launch the yowie education CD. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Hazel Hawke and Bryce Courtenay sign the 'Sorry Book' on National Sorry Day. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Hazel Hawke and Bryce Courtenay sign the 'Sorry Book' on National Sorry Day. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Bryce Courtenay at the launch of his new book Tommo and Hawk. Photo: Nick Moir

Bryce Courtenay at the launch of his new book Tommo and Hawk. Photo: Nick Moir

Bryce Courtenay at Geoff Pikes home in Cremorne, Sydney. The two produced a craze among young children with 'Yowies' - the wrapped chocolate with an Australian animal inside to build. Photo: Nick Moir

Bryce Courtenay at Geoff Pikes home in Cremorne, Sydney. The two produced a craze among young children with 'Yowies' - the wrapped chocolate with an Australian animal inside to build. Photo: Nick Moir

Bryce Courtenay embraces a friend at one of his book launches. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Bryce Courtenay embraces a friend at one of his book launches. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Bryce Courtenay embraces a friend at one of his book launches. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Bryce Courtenay embraces a friend at one of his book launches. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer

Bryce Courtenay talks about his new novel. Photo: Narelle Autio

Bryce Courtenay talks about his new novel. Photo: Narelle Autio

Bryce Courtenay talks about his new novel. Photo: Narelle Autio

Bryce Courtenay talks about his new novel. Photo: Narelle Autio

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Bryce Courtenay. Photo: Fairfax Archive

Best-selling Australian author Bryce Courtenay passed away on Thursday evening after suffering from terminal gastric cancer since September this year.

Courtenay was a well known and loved author, responsible for captivating the imagination of adults and children around the world with 20 of his fictitious novels.