Ruth Park

Surry Hills Dickens, says one obituary. Her novels The Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange chronicled the lives of Surry Hills people in the late 1940s and have become Australian classics.

The first I heard of Ruth Park was as a child in the early 1950s listening to The Muddleheaded Wombat on 2BL at 5 pm. Like most of her work the book version of that is still in print. She also wrote for children Playing Beatie Bow.

See Ruth Park: A Celebration.