y The Death of a Wombat single work   radio play   prose  
Issue Details: First known date: 1959... 1959 The Death of a Wombat
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Tells the simple story of a wombat's attempt to escape an approaching bushfire. The music, written by George Selwyn English and scored for an instrumental group of ten players, combines with the poetic narration to create a vivid and moving account of a very Australian phenomenon.


y The Death of a Wombat Ivan Smith , Melbourne : Wren , 1972 Z1451173 1972 single work short story

Tells the simple story of a wombat's attempt to escape an approaching bushfire.


  • Although originally described as a 'feature', Death of a Wombat belongs to that area of overlap between drama and feature. Ivan Smith describes it as 'an impression in language and music of the deadly havoc that can be worked by bushfires in Australia.'
  • RCA released a sound recording of Death of a Wombat, backed with The First Waratah, in 1977.

Production Details

  • 1959: ABC Radio National; ca. September.

    • Producer Ivan Smith; Music Director/Conductor George Selwyn English.
    • Narrated by Alastair Duncan

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1959 .
      Extent: 12 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Typescript


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H1636
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