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Colleen McCullough


  Female      Australian      Author

  Born : Jun 01, 1937  -
  Died : Jan 29, 2015


About Author

Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

McCullough was born in 1937 in Wellington, in the Central West region of New South Wales, to James and Laurie McCullough. Her mother was a New Zealander of part-Māori descent. During her childhood, the family moved around a great deal and she was also "a voracious reader". Her family eventually settled in Sydney where she attended Holy Cross College Woollahra, having a strong interest in both science and the humanities.

She had a younger brother, Carl, who drowned in the Mediterranean when he was 25. She based a character in The Thorn Birds on him, and also wrote about him in Life Without the Boring Bits.

Before her tertiary education, McCullough earned a living as a teacher, librarian and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead, she switched to neuroscience and worked at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney...


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