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Sunday, June 12, 2011


Author June Drummond died on June 3 at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

During her lifetime she wrote 29 novels, mainly crime stories. Her first novel Black Unicorn was published in 1959 and her most recent, Dead Shot, is still to be published.

She attended Durban Girls College and her writing was often published in the school magazine. In 1940, she wrote the school song, All Hail the College Galleon, which is still sung at the school today.

“I well remember appearing in numerous plays that June Drummond wrote for Springbok Radio,” says artSMart editor Caroline Smart. “These always had a good element of drama and an understanding of the medium of radio theatre. Sometimes she would come in to the studio for the recording and we were always encouraged by her supportive comments.”

(Acknowledgement to Laea Medley, whose article appeared in The Mercury)