Thursday, January 29, 2015

The World Loses Colleen McCullough

I am saddened to report that Colleen McCullough has passed away just last night in the hospital on Norfolk Island.  

Colleen was a very well-educated woman who worked as a neuro-scientist in the Royal North Shore Hospital and then worked as in a researching role at Yale Medical School for a decade.

It was in the United States she found her passion for writing and wrote her first book, 'Tim', which was soon followed by 'The Thorn Birds'.  Both these books were turned into screenplays.  'The Thorn Birds' was turned in a popular television series, while 'Tim' was turned into a movie in 1979 where Mel Gibson stared in one of his first movie roles.

After 'The Thorn Birds' success, Colleen and her husband moved to Norfolk Island permanently and have lived there since.
While living there, she has produced great books such as 'An Indecent Obsession' and the seven-book historical series 'Master of Rome', which was acclaimed by politician such as Bob Carr, Henry Kissinger and Newt Gingrich.

Colleen published her last works, 'Bittersweet', in 2013.

She has been living with poor health in recent years, losing her sight and suffering from crippling arthritis.


  1. I am saddened to here the news this morning that Colleen McCullough passed away. I enjoyed reading The Thornbirds and watching the mini series, but never read any of her other books.

    I never knew much about Ms. McCullough's life, so enjoyed learning that she was a neuro-scientist.

    1. I found out last night at around 6pm, when Mum texted me telling me she had passed away. I had to Google a bit to find out what happened... I did know she was a Neuro-scientist for a long time, but didn't know she was a researcher in the Yale Medical Centre.

      May she Rest In Peace... after all the problems she has had over the last decade with her health, and her books filling our world with great literature, she has deserved our respect.