Ruth Sansom was the wife of renowned, teacher, poet and conservationist Clive Sansom. They met while she was studying in London in the 1930's and married there in 1937. In 1949 visited Tasmania to see Ruth's parents and decided to stay. Together they ran the Department of Education's Speech Centre from 1950 - 1965. They also worked as script-writers for the ABC's "Speaking and Listening" programme for primary schools from 1951 - 1965.