Adam-Smith, Patsy (1926-2001)

Also known as
Adam-Smith, AO, OBE, Patricia Jean (1924-2001)
Adam-Smith, Patricia Jean (1926-2001)
Adam-Smith, Patsy (1926-)
Beckett, Pat (1926-2001)
Beckett, Patricia Jean (1924-2001)
Smith, Patricia Jean (1924-2001)
Smith, Patsy Adam- (1926-2001)
Field of activity
Author; Historian; Servicewoman
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35980482
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-592972

Biographies

Patsy Adam-Smith introduced many readers to Australian history. Of her many publications three in particular stand out: (1978), (1984) and (1992). On Australia Day 1994 Patricia Adam-Smith was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to community history, particularly through the preservation of national traditions and folklore and the recording of oral histories. She also received an Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil) (OBE) in the Queens Birthday Honours list on 14 June 1980 for her services to literature.

The daughter of railway workers, Patsy Adam-Smith was raised in a number of small Victorian country towns. She enlisted as a Voluntary Aid Detachment during the Second World War and was the first female to be articled as a radio officer when she worked on an Australian merchant ship from 1954-1960. In Hobart from 1960-1967 she was employed as an Adult Education Officer before taking the position of manuscripts field officer for the State Library of Victoria from 1970-1982.

In 1978 her book shared Book of the Year Award and was made into a 13 part TV series. In 1980 she was the recipient of an OBE for services to literature. won the 1993 triennial Order of Australian Association Book Prize. In 1994 Adam-Smith was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her outstanding services to community history.

Her autobiography was published in two parts - and For Adam-Smith won the 1995 Benalla Award for Audio Book of the Year, and the 1995 TDK Australian Audio Book Awards, Unabridged Non-Fiction Category.

  • Served with the Australian Army Medical Women's Service
  • Radio operator on an Australian merchant ship
  • Adult Education Officer in Hobart
  • Manuscript Field Officer for the State Library of Victoria
  • State President of Australian Writers, Victoria
  • Federal President of the Fellows Australian Writers, Victoria
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the Royal Humane Society Australasia
  • Appointed Officer of the British Empire
  • Committee Member of the Museum of Victoria
  • Received Triennial Award from the OBE Association
  • Awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia

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Australian Women's Register

  • (Corporate Body) The Sybil Irving Memorial Fund Committee

    <p>Committee member</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) (1914 - )
  • (Corporate Body) Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) (1942 - 1951)

    <p>Service no: VFX124737</p>

Resources for Patsy Adam-Smith

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

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  2. Dawn
    [Vol. 13, no. 3, (1964), p. 10]
    Published: New South Wales. Aborigines Welfare Board.
    Series: Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W (ISSN 0416-8003)
    Cover image

    Summary: Mentioned

    Place: Moree (N NSW SH55-08)

     

     

     

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Resources by Patsy Adam-Smith (127)

  1. Hear the train blow : Patsy Adam-Smith's classic autobiography of growing up in the bush / [Patsy Adam-Smith]
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1964-1996 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 109 libraries
    Hear the train blow : Patsy Adam-Smith's classic autobiography of growing up in the bush / [Patsy Adam-Smith]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83.524)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 83.524)

  2. Goodbye girlie / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1993-2012 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined;Russian, [2 others]
    Possibly online
    At 117 libraries
    Goodbye girlie / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74.46)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 74.46)

  3. There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1967-1994 ]
    At 80 libraries
    There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69.864)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 69.864)

  4. The Barcoo salute / Patsy Adam Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1973-1974 ]
    At 41 libraries
    The Barcoo salute / Patsy Adam Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.127)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 45.127)

  5. No tribesman / Patsy Adam Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1971-1989 ]
    At 57 libraries
    No tribesman / Patsy Adam Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41.858)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41.858)

  6. Patsy Adam-Smith collection : Hear the train blow, Goodbye girlie, There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book : 2003 ]
    At 25 libraries
    Patsy Adam-Smith collection : Hear the train blow, Goodbye girlie, There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37.841)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37.841)

  7. Australian women at war / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1984-2014 ]
    At 147 libraries
    Australian women at war / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34.498)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 34.498)

  8. The Anzacs / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1978-2014 ]
    At 164 libraries
    The Anzacs / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.37)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30.37)

  9. The shearers / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1982-2006 ]
    At 98 libraries
    The shearers / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 25.255)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 25.255)

  10. Prisoners of war : from Gallipoli to Korea / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1992-1998 ]
    At 110 libraries
    Prisoners of war : from Gallipoli to Korea / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.617)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.617)

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  1. Hear the train blow : Patsy Adam-Smith's classic autobiography of growing up in the bush / [Patsy Adam-Smith]
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1964-1996 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 109 libraries
    Hear the train blow : Patsy Adam-Smith's classic autobiography of growing up in the bush / [Patsy Adam-Smith]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 81.474)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 81.474)

  2. Goodbye girlie / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1993-2012 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined;Russian, [2 others]
    Possibly online
    At 117 libraries
    Goodbye girlie / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 73.401)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 73.401)

  3. There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1967-1994 ]
    At 80 libraries
    There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68.206)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 68.206)

  4. The Barcoo salute / Patsy Adam Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1973-1974 ]
    At 41 libraries
    The Barcoo salute / Patsy Adam Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44.508)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 44.508)

  5. No tribesman / Patsy Adam Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book, Audio book : 1971-1989 ]
    At 57 libraries
    No tribesman / Patsy Adam Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 40.296)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 40.296)

  6. Patsy Adam-Smith collection : Hear the train blow, Goodbye girlie, There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Book : 2003 ]
    At 25 libraries
    Patsy Adam-Smith collection : Hear the train blow, Goodbye girlie, There was a ship / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37.912)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 37.912)

  7. [Biographical cuttings on Patsy Adam-Smith, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.549)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.549)

  8. [Biographical cuttings on Patsy Adam-Smith, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.549)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.549)

  9. Patsy Adam-Smith interviewed by Garry Sturgess for the Garry Sturgess collection
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-2001
    [ Sound : 1980 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.053)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.053)

  10. Letters
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1924-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1974-1995 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.804)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.804)

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  1. Australia. Royal Australian Navy. Women's Royal Australian Naval Service
    ... number was increased to 1000. [1] Patsy Adam-Smith, author of Australian Women at War , states that the ...
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  2. Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) (1942-1951)
    ... Aids who were serving at Military Hospitals on a full-time basis under Army control. [1] Author Patsy ...
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  1. Benjamin Pickworth Hunt and family
    Benjamin Pickworth Hunt and family
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  1. Portrait of Patsy Adam-Smith
    Age (Melbourne,...
    [ Photograph : 1900 ]
  2. Patsy Adam-Smith / issued by the Au...
    Australia Counc...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1970 ]
  3. Portrait of Patsy Adam Smith, autho...
    [ Photograph : 1900 ]
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  1. [Patsy Adam-Smith : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-
    [ Published ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.861)

  2. Papers
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1924-2001
    [ Unpublished : 1993-1994 ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.314)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.314)

  3. Letters
    Williams, Harold F
    [ Unpublished : 1941-1971 ]
    At RHSV
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.106)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.106)

  1. [Review of] No tribesman / by Patsy Adam Smith
    Ward, Leonard
    [ Book : 1972 ]
    At AIATSIS Library
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.339)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.339)

  2. Outback heroes / Patsy Adam Smith
    Smith, P. A
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At 15 libraries
    Outback heroes / Patsy Adam Smith
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.289)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.289)

  3. Folklore of the Australian railwaymen / collected and ed. by Patsy Adam Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At Flinders University
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.266)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.266)

  4. Heart of exile : Ireland, 1848, and the seven patriots banished / their adventures, loneliness and loves in three continents as they search for refuge / Patsy Adam-Smith
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-
    [ Book : 1986 ]
    At 2 libraries
    Heart of exile : Ireland, 1848, and the seven patriots banished / their adventures, loneliness and loves in three continents as they search for refuge / Patsy Adam-Smith
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.253)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.253)

  1. Trying to keep an inferno at bay. -Bushfires-
    Adam-Smith, Patsy
    Age
    [ Map, Article : 1982 ]
    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.106)

    This resource may be of limited relevance to your query (score: 0.106)

  2. The American neo-Nazi movement today. (Special Report)
    Langer, Elinor
    The Nation
    [ Poster, chart, other, Map, Article : 1990 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
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  1. Patsy Adam-Smith : author and social historian
    Adam-Smith, Patsy, 1926-
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    At UQ Library
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.66)

  2. Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
    Brontë, Emily, 1818-1848
    [ Book, Audio book, Article : 1847-2013 ]
    Languages: English;Chinese;Vietnamese;Arabic, [26 others]
    Read online at Hathi Trust
    View online
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    Wuthering Heights / Emily Brontë
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  3. Oral history of muttonbirding on Cape Barren Island, Tas (SKIRA_I02)
    Skira, Irynej Joseph
    [ Sound : 1989 ]
    At AIATSIS AV Collectio
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  4. Anzacs / Geoff Burrowes & John Dixon present ; producer, Geoff Burrowes ; directors, Pino Amenta, John Dixon, George Miller
    Roadshow Entertainment (Firm)
    [ Video : 1985-2014 ]
    At 49 libraries
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  1. Patsy Adam-Smith [Library Profile.]
    Murphy, Jock
    La Trobe Journal
    [ Article : 2002 ]
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.273)

  2. Putting the heart into history. -Patsy Adam-Smith can't stop pushing-
    Ricketson, Matthew
    Time Australia
    [ Article : 1992 ]
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  3. Patsy Adam-Smith [Obituaries. Collection of three articles.]
    Freer, Maureen; Smelter, Kate; Scott, Bill
    Australian Folklore
    [ Article : 2001 ]
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    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.251)

  4. Select bibliography of the work of Patsy Adam-Smith
    Warrick, Jacqueline
    Australian Folklore
    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  1. Website: Australian Women's Archives Project
    www.womenaustralia.info
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.029)

  2. Website: Australian Women in War
    www.womenaustralia.info
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  3. Website: La Trobe journal
    nishi.slv.vic.gov.au
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  1. PLEASING STORY OF THE LITTLE SHIPS THERE WAS A SHIP. By Patsy Adam-Smith. Nelson. IIlust. 239 pp. $19.95.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 24 December 1983 p 11 Article
    ... were in fact two ships in which Patsy Adam-Smith sailed -the auxiliary ketch Sheerwater and the 306 ... . SI9.95. Reviewer: RON WINCH. ATSY Adam-Smith has taken two of her earlier works, rewritten parts of ... 807 words
    • Text last corrected on 12 October 2014 by sapienza
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.72)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.72)

  2. Soldiers' accounts are still compelling THE ANZACS. By Patsy Adam-Smith. Penguin. 492pp. $16.95. THE LONGEST TUNNEL. By Alan Burgess. Bloomsbury. 289pp. $14.95.
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 26 October 1991 p 49 Article
    ... nth reprint of Patsy Adam-Smith's benchmark record of one of the fabled military bodies of the 20th ... Soldiers' accounts are still compelling THE ANZACS. By Patsy Adam-Smith. Penguin. 492pp. $16 ... 202 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.6)

    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.6)

  3. A satirical Canberra tale from the 1930s PLAQUE WITH LAUREL. With Essays, Reviews and Correspondence. By M. Barnard Eldershaw. Edited by Maryanne Dever. University of Queensland Pr...
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 18 February 1995 p 62 Article Illustrated
    ... She settled.at Mogo, where her husband found work. Unlike most of Patsy AdamSmith's autobiographical ... in Bass Strait. It is written in the style that has made AdamSmith's books so popular. ... 1332 words
    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 0.42)

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