Bruce Dawe (1930- )

Bruce Dawe was born in Geelong on the 15 February 1930, he left school at 16 and after a series of odd jobs returned to night school to complete his matriculation. He received a teaching scholarship and attended Melbourne University for a year during which he met a number of emerging Victorian poets and converted to Catholicism. After failing the…

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Dorothy Cottrell (1902- )

Dorothy Cottrell was born in Picton, New South Wales, in 1902. She contracted poliomyelitis at the age of six and spent the remainder of her life in a wheelchair. Her mother Ida (Fletcher) Wilkinson was a member of a large pioneering family who ran properties in Tasmania, New South Wales, and from 1894, South-West Queensland. Cottrell’s mother separated from her…

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George Essex Evans (1863-1909)

George Essex Evans was born in London in 1863 and immigrated to Australia in 1881, where he worked as a farmer, teacher, editor, journalist, and public servant. The poet spent most of his life within the Darling Downs, mixed extensively with the local people and became very involved in the cultural and political life of the regions’ premier city. Dark…

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ALICE GUÈRIN CRIST (1876 – 1941)

Alice Crist was an author and journalist who was born on 8 February 1876 at Clarecastle, County Clare in Ireland. Crist immigrated with her family to Australia at the age of two. Her father was teacher and personally supervised her education as they moved around a number of small South-East Queensland rural schools. The lights flash out in shop and…

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