Beth was born in 1924-2001 on ‘Dungrove’, a sheep and cattle property near Bothwell in Tasmania. She was a fifth generation Tasmanian, able to date her family back to settlers from Scotland who came to Tasmania in 1824.
Success as a children’s author came rapidly after Beth began writing. Her first book, The Little Lake Who Cried(1976) remained one of her favourites. Her love and concern for the environment, which she continually expressed through her children’s books, was ongoing throughout her life.