Barbara Vernon (writer)
Barbara Mary Vernon
25 July 1916
Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||16 April 1978 (age 61)|
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
|Years active||- 1976 (retired)|
|Known for||Bellbird (TV series), Country Town (film adaptation)|
Barbara Mary Vernon (25 July 1916 – 16 April 1978) was an Australian playwright, screenwriter, editor and radio announcer.
Vernon was born on 25 July 1916, Inverell, New South Wales the youngest child of four to medical practitioner Murray Menzies Vernon and Constance Emma Elliot (née Barling). She attended the New England School in Armidale, New South Wales , before entering the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force in 1943, rising to rank of Corporal, before being discharged in 1946. She joined radio the Northern Broadcasters radio station radio 2NZ. Vernon started to write plays because she was involved with amateur drama and they could not afford to pay for the copyright of plays.
Her first play was "Naked Possum" in 1956, staged by Dame Doris Fitton, her second professionally performed play was the award-winning "The Multi-Coloured Umbrella" and this was the first Australian play broadcast by Australian television. She retired in 1976 and died from a cardio in Darlinghurst, New South Wales on 16 April 1978 at St Vincents Hospital aged 61
- The Passionate Pianist (1957) – adapted for TV.
- The Multi-Coloured Umbrella (1958) – adapted for TV in 1958
- Bellbird (1967) – head writer, script editor
- The Sleeping Planet (1968) – play
- Pastures of the Blue Crane (1969) (TV series) – script editor
- Certain Women- contribution's as editor (unknown episodes)
- Jane Connors, 'Vernon, Barbara Mary (1916–1978)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/vernon-barbara-mary-11922/text21359, published first in hardcopy 2002, accessed online 5 June 2016.
- "Union Theatre star back". The Canberra Times. 28 August 1967. p. 17. Retrieved 6 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Sleeping Beauty theme in space play". The Canberra Times. 14 January 1969. p. 12. Retrieved 6 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.