John Hepworth i(30 works by)
Born: Established: 4 Sep 1921 Pinjarra, Pinjarra - North Dandalup - Waroona area, Mandurah - Harvey area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 24 Jan 1995 Toorak, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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John Hepworth moved to Perth as as a child and attended Perth Modern school. During World War II he served in the Middle East, Ceylon and New Guinea. He had been married several times, his longest relationships being with the playwright and author, Oriel Gray, with whom he had thee sons, and his last wife, Margaret.

John Hepworth was a journalist, playwight and poet and was for many years editor of the Nation Review, which he helped establish. He was well-known for his column 'Outsight' in Nation Review and together with cartoonist Michael Leunig created a back page column which combined philosophy, humour, satire, irony and political commentary. Hepworth was regarded as an outstanding essayist and social commentator. He also worked for the ABC for many years, mainly as chief sub-editor on the Radio Australia news desk in Melbourne.

As a dramatist he had several of his plays performed. Hepworth also acted with the New Theatre in Sydney and together with Bob Ellis and also Steve J. Spears wrote some books for children.


  • Hepworth also published other works including:

    • A Treasury of Bushlingo Richmond, Victoria: Dynamo House, 1986 ('Selected by John Hepworth with a cover painting of his friend Michael Leunig').
    • Boozing out in Melbourne Pubs : An Occasional History and Sociological Study of Melbourne as Seen Through the Bottom of a Glass. John Hepworth and John Hindle. Illustrated by Bloo Souter. Sydney :Angus & Robertson,1980;
    • Little Australian library. Words by John Hepworth. Illustrated by Keith Brown. Richmond, Vic.: Dynamo Press, 1983. 2nd ed. (rev.) Richmond, Vic.:Dynamo Press,1984.
    • Australia Cut-out Book. Melbourne :Dynamo Press,1984 (with historical background narrated by John Hepworth).

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