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Joan Lindsay interviewed

G Pollen
Joan Lindsay, Lady Lindsay (16th November 1896 - 23rd December 1984) was an Australian author, best known for her "ambiguous and intriguing" novel Picnic at Hanging Rock which is her best known work. It was made into a 1975 feature film by producers Patricia Lovell, Hal and Jim McElroy, and director Peter Weir. The story is fiction, though Lindsay dropped hints that it was based on an actual event. An ending that explained the girls' fates, in draft form, was excised by her publisher prior to publication The final chapter was published only in the 1980s, in accordance with her wishes. Lindsay based Appleyard College, the setting for the novel, on the school she attended, Clyde Girls Grammar School at East St Kilda, Melbourne, which incidentally in 1919 was transferred to Woodend, Victoria, in the immediate vicinity of Hanging Rock itself.