Betty McLean left school at sixteen to pursue a career in journalism and worked for at both Table Talk and Sun News-Pictorial. In 1923 she married Ellis Harvey Davies and over the next ten years wrote a number of works under the name Betty M. Davies. One of her best known works, and also her first play, was The Touch of Silk. Produced by the Melbourne Repertory Theatre in 1928, it was later performed by several repertory companies and published by Melbourne University Press in 1942 (under the name Betty Roland).
In the early morning after Lucy gives birth to a son, she and husband Burton, both runaway convicts, ponder the effect of their child on their straitened lives and the risks posed by a passing prospector.
See the AustLit record for Morning.
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The female factory from Proctor's Quarry; detail showing the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart, Van Dieman's Land (now Tasmania). Hand coloured lithograph. John Skinner Prout. 1844. Source