In the 50s the Darks bought a farm in Queensland where they spent part of the year for seven years. Eleanor wrote her last published work, Lantana Lane at the farm. Their son Michael had also moved to Queensland where he eventually married and had two daughters. The move to Queensland has, by some, been associated with the desire to escape a growing sense of persecution and isolation within the Katoomba community due to growing attacks on members of Left wing parties in the press and by the Menzies Government. Dr Dark's political writing and involvement in Left wing circles attracted attention from anti communist elements within the Menzies Government and ASIO. Like many writers and social commentators of the time, who were critical of Menzies or were Left wing, it is certain that the Darks were under surveillance. This surveillance extended to Eric Dark's first son from his first marriage, John Dark, and possibly to his second son with Eleanor, Michael Dark.
The Dark's second son, Michael, inherited the family home 'Varuna' in Katoomba, which in 1988 was turned into a writers' centre, managed by the Eleanor Dark Foundation, of which Michael Dark remains President. The centre has retained its name, and is known as Varuna - The Writers' House.
Eleanor Dark's most well known work is The Timeless Land (1941), the first part of a trilogy, with Storm of Time (1948) and No Barrier (1953).
'A writer with a last story to write ...': From an unfinished novel by Eleanor Dark. (Focus on Eleanor Dark).(Dear Home Town)(Excerpt)(Fiction)
May 01, 2001; Introduction Among Eleanor Dark's manuscripts there are unfinished novels, fragments of stories and essays, plays never...