Ian Elliot is a professional historian currently employed as a Senior Conservation Officer with the Heritage Council of Western Australia.  He spent many years with the Mapping Branch of the Department of Land Administration researching explorer's diaries for cartographic purposes.

first edition of Moondyne Joe: the Man and the Myth, originally published in 1978, was Ian's first book. Since that time he has written several books on Western Australian history including Mundaring: A History of the Shire. He has co-edited Do Not Yield to Despair with Mike Donaldson.

Ian resides at Glen Forrest in the hills east of Perth and writes a column for Western 4WDriver magazine.  He is involved in modern outback exploration through his Wildtrax 4WD expeditions tracing the routes of Western Australia's explorers.