Coast Walk: Charmain Clift

kiama coast walk-Charmian Clift1By the 1960s Charmian Clift and her husband George Johnston were Australia’s most celebrated literary couple: Johnston had been a popular war correspondent and was author of the novel My Brother Jack, and Clift had written a series of books based on their 10 years in the Greek Islands.

Her newspaper column was thought-provoking and she was considered one of the greatest essayists of her time. Charmian Clift was born in Kiama in 1923 and grew up in this street. Although she attended Kiama Public and Wollongong High schools, Charmian attributed her education to her parents’ love for books, and to the wild beach and little valley that bounded her home. She had a passion for writing from an early age and at eight years old she wrote and illustrated a book of poetry.

This plaque is one of many found around the district. The plaques describe the history of their locations. They were commissioned by Kiama Council in 2009.

If you had seen them around, you are welcome to have a look at the collection of plaques in the district.