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June Wright i(11 works by) (birth name: June Healy ) (a.k.a. Dorothy June Wright)
Born: Established: 29 Jun 1919 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 4 Feb 2012 Clayton, Murrumbeena - Oakleigh - Springvale area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

June Wright was born June Healy, daughter of Gerald Healy and his wife (name untraced) in Malvern. Some newspaper articles suggest her grandfather, John Healy, was a Melbourne writer, who also wrote as 'An Onlooker'. Both her grandfather and father appear to have been successful cricketers (to the Sheffield Shield level), but this has not yet been confirmed.

She was educated at Kildara, Loreto (Adelaide) and Mandeville Hall, Toorak. As a young woman, she worked in Melbourne Central telephone exchange, the setting of her first novel. She began writing after she married and began having children.

Awards for Works

Murder in the Telephone Exchange 1948 single work novel crime detective

'June Wright’s debut stars feisty young telephonist Maggie Byrnes. When one of her more unpopular colleagues at Melbourne Central is murdered – her head bashed in with a “buttinsky,” a piece of equipment used to listen in on phone calls – Maggie resolves to turn sleuth. A couple of her co-workers are acting strangely, and Maggie is convinced she has a better chance of figuring out who is responsible for the killing than the stodgy police team assigned to the case, who seem to think she herself might have had something to do with it. But then one of her friends is murdered too, and it looks like Maggie might be next in line. ' (Publication summary)

1948 winner International Awards United Nations Literary Contest Detective Story Section
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