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Hal Porter, Australian Playwright ( art: literature)author, playright. Recipient Britannica Literary award, 1976; Commonwealth Literary fellow, 1956, 60, 64, 68, 72, 75-76, 77-81. Deceased.


Porter, Hal was born on February 16, 1911 in Albert Park, Victoria, Australia. Son of Harold Owen and Ida Violet (Ruff) Porter.


Attended, Kensington State School. Attended, Bairnsdale State School. Attended, Bairnsdale High School.


Schoolmaster Education Department of Victoria State, 1927—1937, Queen's College, Adelaide, 1938—1941, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, 1942—1945, Hutchins School, Hobart, 1946—1947, Knox Grammer School, Sydney, 1947—1948, Ballarat College, 1948—1949, Nijimura School, Japan, 1949—1951. Regional library Gippsland and North Central Victoria, 1952—1960. Author Short Stories, 1942, The Hexagon, 1956, A Handful of Pennies, 1958, The Tilted Cross, 1961, A Bachelor's Children, 1962, The Tower, 1963, The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony, 1963, The Cats of Venice, 1965, Stars of the Australian Stage and Screen, 1965, The Paper Chase, 1966, The Professor, 1966.

Actors an Image of the New Japan, 1968, Eden House, 1969, Mr. Butterfry, 1970, Selected Stories, 1971, The Right Thing, 1971, It Could be You, 1972, Fredo Fuss Love Life, 1974, In an Australian Country Graveyard, 1974, The Extra, 1975, Bairnsdale: Portrait of an Australian Country Town, 1977, A Portable Hal Porter, 1979, Seven Cities, 1980, Parker, 1981, The Clairvoyant Goat, 1981, A.M., 1982.


Married Olivia Parnham Porter, 1939 (divorced 1943).

Harold Owen Porter

Ida Violet (Ruff) Porter

Olivia Parnham Porter