The Collected Works of June Wright: Non-fiction, Volumes 3-5

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Patrick John and Anthony Gerard Wright, 2014 - Biography
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A reproduction of the collected non-fiction works of June Wright, incorporating columns and articles from Catholic periodicals, family history and memoirs. Also includes pictorial family history collated by Anthony Wright.

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Dorothy June WrightDorothy June Wright (1919-2012) was born in Melbourne. She was educated by Brigidine (Kildara Malvern) and Loreto (Mandeville Hall and Marryatville) nuns. After school she briefly studied manual arts at Melbourne Technical College and then was employed by the Melbourne Telephone Exchange, the setting for her first crime novel.June married Stewart Wright, an accountant, in 1941. They produced six children: Patrick, Rosemary, twins Nicholas (severely mentally handicapped) and Anthony, Brenda and Stephen.Wright wrote in many genres: crime fiction, opinion and reflective pieces in Catholic periodicals, personal memoirs, and researches into family history. Wright's published six crime fiction novels, set in and around Melbourne, a city she loved:Murder in the Telephone Exchange. Sydney: Hutchinson and Co. Publishers Ltd, 1948.So Bad a Death. Sydney: Hutchinson and Co. Publishers Ltd, 1949.The Devil's Caress. Sydney: Hutchinson and Co. Publishers Ltd, Sydney, 1952. Reservation for Murder. London: John Long, 1958.Faculty of Murder. London: John Long, 1961.Make-Up for Murder. London: John Long, 1966.From 2013 these novels are being republished by Verse Chorus Press. A previously rejected manuscript, Duck Season Death, is also being published.Wright's wrote for Catholic periodicals from 1954-1967. These included The Advocate (Archdiocese of Melbourne), The Majellan (Redemptorists), and The Scapular (Carmelites) and Caritas (St John of God Brothers).Wright's research into family history, The Eagle and The Stag (1994) and her memoirs Remembering Melbourne (1997), were published and made available to family and friends. All of Wright's works have been collated by her sons, Patrick and Anthony Wright, into a five volume set, The Collected Works of June Wright. This unique Collection presents a female voice speaking from the 1920's to the 1960's through fiction and non-fiction. These works were prepared for family, archival and historical purposes. They are lodged in the State Library of Victoria, the National Library of Australia, and with the University of Divinity at Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill Victoria. The Collected Works are available for reference and research purposes and are not for general distribution.

Anthony Gerard WrightAnthony Gerard Wright (1946-) is the fourth-born of June Wright's six children and twin to Nicholas Wright. Anthony was educated at De La Salle College in Malvern, and Melbourne University where he was awarded a BSc (1969). Anthony taught at Glen Waverley Secondary College (1969-1999).His major passion is chess. He reached the finals of several Australian championships and is an authority on Australian chess. He has written seven books on Australian chess history (1850-2015) and these are held by the State Library of Victoria.Anthony never married and lived with his mother for all of her life. He was June's faithful son, protector, friend and companion. June granted him Powers of Attorney, and he was an executor (with his brother Patrick) of the June's Estate. While June was in high care at Corpus Christi Aged Care Facility (2008-2012) he visited his mother faithfully six days per week. Anthony assisted his brother Patrick in the collation and financing of The Collected Works of June Wright.

Patrick John WrightPatrick John Wright (1942-) is the first-born of June Wright' six children. Patrick was educated at De La Salle College in Malvern, and the University of Sydney where he was awarded a BVSc (1966). Patrick subsequently worked in the School of Veterinary Science in The Melbourne University. He specialized in animal reproduction, and achieving an MVSc and a PhD. Patrick served twice as Warden of Kendall Hall, the hall of residence for veterinary students at Werribee (1969-1973, 1998-2003). Patrick retired from The Melbourne University in 2003. In 2014 he was awarded an MA (Theol) by the University of Divinity.Patrick was married first to Wendy Wood (1969-1990) and then to Roslyn van Dalen (2000-). He has two children (Denis and Barbara) from his first marriage.Patrick trained as spiritual director (1997-1998) at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre, Box Hill, Victoria. From 2003-2008 he worked as a prison chaplain, spiritual director and supervisor, and as facilitator of a course in spiritual leadership (at Heart of Life).Patrick edited The Collected Works of June Wright (2014) Volumes 1-5, and was assisted by his brother Anthony in the collation and financing of these Volumes. Volumes One and Two consist of Crime Fiction and associated historical material. Volumes Three and Four contain June's contributions to Catholic periodicals, and Volume Five contains June's memoirs and her research into her family history, together with some travel writing.These works were prepared for family, archival and historical purposes. They are lodged in the State Library of Victoria, the National Library of Australia, and with the University of Divinity at Yarra Theological Union, Box Hill Victoria. The Collected Works are available for reference and research purposes and are not for general distribution.

Dora Courtney Healy (nee Newham) (1886-1968) was educated at Vaucluse Convent Richmond. She trained as a primary school teacher, and taught at her alma mater.Dora married Gerald Edward Healy (1885-1946) on 20 November 1912. They had four children: Jack, Elaine, Paul and the youngest ¬Dorothy June. June became a writer.Dora was a faithful and active Catholic.In 1934 she was a part of an expedition in a 1930 Dodge motor car to Brisbane to see her son Jack. Jack had entered the Christian brothers around the age of fifteen, and five years later this was the first family visit. The other participants of the journey were Gerald Edward (Dora's husband), Vincent Paul (Gerald's) brother, and Mary Ellen Healy (nee Yeatman) (mother of Gerald and Vincent).Dora wrote a diary of this odyssey, and this diary is included in Volume five of the Collected Works of June Wright.

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