Neville Wran’s voice: how the Premier’s Teflon-coated vocal cords came unstuck

Evangelos Tseros, Faruque Riffat, Carsten E Palme, Hedley G Coleman and Narinder P Singh
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00198
Published online: 11 December 2017

His gravelly voice became one of the successful politician’s most defining features

Neville Kenneth Wran was the colourful and charismatic Premier of New South Wales from 1976 to 1986. He was widely respected for his quick wit, engaging informality, and committed representation of blue collar voters. The youngest of eight siblings, he was born in 1926 and raised in the Sydney suburb of Balmain, then a working class stronghold of the Australian Labor Party1 (Box 1).

  • 1 Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 Institute for Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW

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