Gwen Plumb

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Gwen Plumb
Born Gwendoline Jean Plumb
2 August 1912
Died 5 June 2002(2002-06-05) (aged 89)
Occupation Stage, radio and television actress

Gwendoline Jean Plumb AM BEM (2 August 1912 – 5 June 2002) known professionally as Gwen Plumb was an Australian performer of stage, radio and television.


Gwen had her first well-known role as Emmy in the longest-running Australian radio serial Blue Hills, and hosted a radio program on Australia's Macquarie Radio Network from 1945 to 1974. She also had a radio show in sydney opposite Gordon Chater.

Plumb had a long career in the theatre, was a cast member of the debut season of the Old Tote Theatre Company, travelled extensively overseas to interview celebrities for her own radio programme, and once quipped that she "played in just about every form of public entertainment except the circus".[1]

She is probably best remembered for her portrayal of "gossip", Ada Simmonds in the Australian soap opera The Young Doctors for its entire November 1976 – March 1983 run. Other notable roles were in the mini-series The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange in the mid 1980s. She acted in Neighbours as Mrs. Forbes in 1985, where she appeared in scenes opposite Alan Dale, with whom she had starred in The Young Doctors.

She later played the key role of Mum Foote in the serial Richmond Hill in 1988. Having agreed to act in the planned new series, Plumb was offered, and played, the role of Doris Peters in the pilot of another proposed series Home and Away. When Home and Away also went into production, Plumb opted to honour her earlier agreement to do Richmond Hill. The role of Mum Foote had been specially written with her in mind by show creator, Reg Watson. Richmond Hill had a run of just 12 months, and Plumb stayed with the series for all of that time; Home and Away on the other hand is still running today. In 1995 Plumb returned to Home and Away for a number of episodes, playing a different character.

Plumb also appeared in the mini-series Stark, based on Ben Elton's novel of the same name.

Personal life[edit]

Plumb's lifelong partner was actress Thelma Scott.[2]


Plumb wrote her autobiography, entitled Plumb Crazy which was published by Pan Macmillan in 1994.[3]

British and Australian honours[edit]

Plumb was awarded a British Empire Medal in 1973,[4] and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993.[5] Both awards recognised her community and charity work.[6]

Select credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Plumb Crazy all these years". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 June 2002. 
  2. ^ Meade, Amanda (30 November 2006). "Not the nine o'clock news". The Australian. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Plumb crazy / Gwen Plumb
  4. ^ It's an Honour: BEM
  5. ^ It's an Honour: AM
  6. ^ "Search Australian Honours". It's an honour. Australian Government. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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