Michael Dugan Michael Dugan i(A4595 works by) (a.k.a. Michael Gray Dugan; M. Dugan)
Also writes as: Roger Gray
Born: Established: 9 Oct 1947 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 16 Mar 2006 Box Hill, Box Hill - Burwood area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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Michael Dugan has written fiction, non fiction and verse for children and adapted stories for radio. He grew up in Bundoora which at the time was largely open country on the outskirts of Melbourne, where Latrobe University now stands. Dugan recalled writing stories and poems as a child of eight or nine. After leaving school he worked in children's bookselling and developed an interest in writing himself. Dugan co-founded Contempa Publications with Phillip Edmonds and Robert Kenny (qq.v.).

Dugan published a series of short factual books for children in Macmillan's Australian Fact Finder series. In 1984 he co-authored a social history of Australian immigration called There Goes the Neighbourhood!.

Most Referenced Works


  • All of the listed plays have been been produced in schools.
  • For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).
  • Michael Dugan also wrote works for the educational series 'Voyages : Gathering Speed'.

Awards for Works

Melissa's Ghost 1986 single work children's fiction children's Soon after moving to the country with her parents, Melissa is visited by the ghost of the son of the previous owners of the land who warns her that the well is an unreliable source of water.
1987 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
Stuff & Nonsense 1974 anthology poetry children's
1975 inaugural joint winner Visual Arts Board Award
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