National Library of Australia
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn133357).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Olaf Ruhen, National Library of Australia, MS 7935, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
His books include five novels, Naked under Capricorn (1958), Whiteman's shoes (1960), The Flockmaster (1963), The Broken wing (1965) and Scan the dark coast (1969); documentary accounts of New Guinea, Mountains in the clouds (1963), of the South Pacific, Tangaroa's godchild (1962) and of the whale hunters of Tonga, Harpoon in my hand (1966); an account of a Japanese shipwreck in the South Pacific, Minerva Reef (1963); a novel for children, Corcoran's the name (1967); and a manual for writers, Writing: the craft of creative fiction (1964).
Olaf Ruhen was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1911 and served with the RNZAF during the Second World War. In 1947 he moved to Sydney and worked as a journalist for eight years. He became established as a freelance writer during the 1950s, having a number of short stories published in the Saturday Evening Post. From then until his death in 1989 he published a prolific quantity of documentary and fictional writing, based largely on his extensive travels in Australia, New Guinea and the South Pacific.
Note: Some files include correspondence