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Ruth C. Williams Ruth C. Williams i(A41419 works by) (a.k.a. Ruth Constance Williams)
Born: Established: 1897 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 1982
Gender: Female
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Born in London, Ruth Williams was an artist who wrote a number of children's books in the 1940s and 1950s. She is most admired for Verity of Sydney Town (1950) which won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 1951. Verity, sent to a farm during her father's absence during Macquarie's governship of New South Wales, has a number of pioneering adventures, including fighting fires and bushrangers. Williams also wrote The Aboriginal Story (1955). Williams' books were all illustrated by her husband, Rhys Williams (1894-1976).

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Verity of Sydney Town 1950 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction It is about life in New South Wales in the days of Macquarie, and the story takes place against an exciting background of convicts, red-coats, pioneering farmers, and bushrangers. The heroine is Verity Asherton, twelve-year old daughter of a sea-captain believed lost at sea, who waits anxiously in Sydney town for his return, the only person who believes he is still alive. (Publisher's blurb)
1951 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
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