Dobson, Rosemary de Brissac (-2012)

Also known as
Bolton, Rosemary (1920-2012)
Bolton, Rosemary (-2012)
Bolton, Rosemary de Brissac (1920-2012)
Bolton, Rosemary de Brissac (-2012)
Bolton, Rosemary Dobson (1920-2012)
Bolton, Rosemary Dobson (-2012)
De Brissac Dobson, Rosemary (1920-2012)
De Brissac Dobson, Rosemary (-2012)
Dobson, Rosemary (1920-2012)
Dobson, Rosemary (-2012)
Dobson, Rosemary de Brissac (1920-2012)
Dobson, Rosemary Rosemary de Brissac Dobson (-2012)
Rosemary de Brissac Dobson (-2012)
Field of activity
Author; Poet; Illustrator; Editor; Teacher; Writer; Playwright
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35038767
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-460198

Biographies

Rosemary Dobson is an Australian Poet, Author, Playwright who is mentioned in 1 event in the AusStage database

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1987 Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to literature, particularly in the field of poetry 1996 HonDLitt, University of Sydney 2006 New South Wales Premier's Special Award 2006 New South Wales Alice award 2001 The Age Book of the Year Book of the Year and Poetry Awards for Untold Lives & Later Poems 1996 Australia Council Writer's Emeritus Award 1996 Emeritus Fellowship, Literature Board of the Australia Council 1985 Victorian Premier's Literary Award, 1985 for "The Three Fates" 1985 honorary life member of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 1984 Patrick White Award 1984 Grace Leven Poetry Prize for "The Three Fates" 1980 Senior Fellowship, Literature Board of the Australia Council 1979 Robert Frost Prize 1978 Fellowship of Australian Writers Christopher Brennan Award 1977 Australian National University Honorary Convocation Member 1966 Myer Award II for Australian Poetry for Cock Crow 1948 The Sydney Morning Herald Award for poetry, for "The Ship of Ice" Poet Rosemary Dobson's significant contribution to Australian literature is evident in the long list of literary awards she received. She began writing at the age of 7, typeset and printed her first book aged 17 and published over twenty poetry collections and other books during her life. The most recent poetry book, , was published just three months before her death in 2012. Recognised early in her career as a significant poet, Dobson was acclaimed as representing "a coming of age for Australian poetry" along with Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright and David Campbell. Contemplative and meditative, Dobson's poetry is rich with references to art, history, relationship and the Australian landscape. Her move to Canberra in 1971 brought her into a rich literary and artistic community and she was freed to write again after five years in England when her pen remained still. Dobson became a vital member of Canberra's literary community contributing generously of her time as mentor to younger poets, providing readings for poetry lovers and continuing to publish her own work until she died in 2012.

Rosemary de Brissac Dobson was born into a literary family. Her parents Austin 'Arthur' Greaves Dobson (1870-1926) and Marjorie Caldwell (-1979) met at the Dickens Society in Sydney and married in 1917. Her English-born father was the son of Austin Dobson - poet, essayist and authority on eighteenth-century literature.

The second of Arthur and Marjorie Dobson's two children, Rosemary Dobson was born in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) on 18 June 1920. Her sister Ruth Lissant Dobson (1918-1989) became Australia's first woman career diplomat to be appointed an Australian ambassador.

Arthur Dobson died when Rosemary Dobson was five years old, leaving his wife and two young daughters in straitened financial circumstances. Through a family connection Winifred West (1881-1971), headmistress and founder of the prestigious Frensham School in Mittagong NSW, offered Marjorie Dobson a housemistress position at the school and scholarships for her daughters. The Dobson girls thrived at Frensham where Rosemary showed early literary talent. Under the tutelage of the school librarian - Australian children's author and printer Joan Phipson - Dobson produced her first collection of poems. She typeset them on the school's small Adana Press and hand-bound the 200 copies, illustrating the cover with her own linocut illustration.

Dobson frequently acknowledged her debt to West for the opportunity to attend Frensham and remained in contact with her until West's death in 1971.

After completing school, Dobson remained at Frensham as a teacher of art, literature and printing before using a small inheritance to study non-degree English literature at Sydney University and art with artist Althea Mary 'Thea' Proctor. Influenced by the combination of elegance, strength, discrimination and balance in Proctor's art and recognising the influence of the different arts on one another, Dobson kept up her visual arts skills throughout her life, painting on holidays and taking life drawing classes.

During the early years of World War 2 Dobson worked as a cipher clerk for the Royal Australian Navy. From the age of 21 she submitted poetry to newspapers and literary journals, including the and . In 1944 Dymocks published her collection "In a Convex Mirror" and in 1947 she won the poetry prize for "The Ship of Ice". Working as a proof-reader then editor at Angus & Robertson publishers in Sydney, Dobson met fellow editor, Alec Bolton. They married in North Sydney in 1951 and set up home at Neutral Bay on Sydney Harbour.

Tragedy struck in 1953 when Dobson and Bolton's first child, Alexandra, lived only a few hours after birth. Dobson expressed some of her grief in her poem published in "Child with a Cockatoo and other poems" (1955) beginning:

"Unknown, never to be known, lost Beyond darkness, beyond the reach of time …"

In the following years their second daughter, Lissant and two sons, Robert and Ian were born in Sydney where Dobson and Bolton found friendship with a number of literary people including Douglas Stewart and his artist wife, Margaret Coen, writer and artist Norman Lindsay, Kenneth Slessor, and James McAuley.

In 1966 Angus & Robertson appointed Alec Bolton as their London editor and the family moved to England, where they lived in Richmond near London. Although this was a stimulating time for Dobson, with European travel and London's feast of concerts, theatre and art galleries, separated from her Australian roots she found herself unable to write poetry.

In 1971 the family returned to Australia to live in Canberra when Alec Bolton was appointed founding Director of Publications at the National Library of Australia. With a population of around 200,000 Canberra was small compared to London, but despite its compact size the national capital nurtured a thriving literary and artistic community and Dobson flourished in the stimulating circle of creative new friends. She and Bolton made friends with the likes of poet, essayist and ANU's foundation professor of English - Alec Hope, ANU academic and literary critic - Dorothy Green, visual artist - Rosalie Gascoigne, ANU academic and poet - David Campbell and writer Robert Dessaix. Dobson delighted in attending lectures by John Mulvaney, foundation professor in pre-history at the ANU and she took classes in Modern Greek. Her poetry found voice again and she flourished, publishing around fifteen collections of poetry in the following four decades.

While continuing to write poetry, Dobson also edited anthologies and gave interviews and public readings of her work. She represented Australian literature in overseas visits where she valued meetings with poets like Denise Levertov who later visited her in Canberra, Michael Ondaatje and Eastern European poet Zbigniew Herbert.

In 1972 Alec Bolton established the Brindabella Press which published four of Dobson's books - and , two of which Dobson illustrated herself.

Dobson maintained that poetry is 'a vocation'. Her poetry is widely acknowledged for the way she simply and clearly expresses life's complexities. She expressed the importance of this in her own words, "I really feel the necessity of the poetry being clear, so I can communicate something to people. Clarity is very important."

Certain themes, such as water, light and time run through her poetry, with water usually a metaphor for renewal, consolation, friendship or inspiration. Joy Hooton writes that Dobson's passionate engagement with life emerges throughout her poetry as "enjoyment of friendships, family relationships, intense appreciation of landscapes, art, literature and music and a relish for the sheer diversity of human personality." (Hooton, 21)

In the 1990s Dobson's sight began failing - "one day the dark fell over my eye". Her progressive sight loss stimulated some moving poetry totally lacking in any self-pity, including :

I breathe the leaves of the basil It has news for me- For all my senses

Old, I strive for wisdom As the sage bush speaks, clearly, Many-leaved, grey and silver

Solace for my eyesight The green leaves of borage And its gentle blue flowers.

When Alec Bolton died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1996, Rosemary Dobson expressed her grief through "simultaneous celebrations and laments" for him (, 12 July 2012). Ever grounded in life, she wrote elegantly and sparely of her grief and of Bolton's wisdom in her poem ''Reading Aloud'', dedicated to Bolton and also read at her own funeral at St Paul's Anglican Church, Manuka ACT on 4 July 2012:

"We must press on." From books to life, your thought: "Forgive, learn from the past. Press on." And I press on.

Dobson wrote in one of her collections that the poems "are part of a search for something only fugitively glimpsed; a state of grace which one once knew, or imagined, or from which one was turned away . . . A doomed but urgent wish to express the inexpressible".

Rosemary Dobson died in Canberra 27 June 2012. Days before she died, fellow poet Geoff Page paid tribute to Dobson and the generosity with which she contributed to Canberra's literary life:

"Rosemary Dobson has been a vital member of Canberra's literary community. She has done this both by reading her own work whenever asked - and through acting, over several decades, as an informal mentor to many younger poets. Her consistent support for readings, such as the long-running series Poetry at The Gods (and its predecessor, Poetry at the Goethe), has been a great encouragement to poets from this city (and all over Australia) who were invariably gratified to have a poet of Dobson's stature and experience in the audience" (, 16 June 2012).

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Rosemary de Brissac Dobson Bolton was born in Sydney on June 18, 1920, the daughter of Arthur Dobson (son of English Poet Laureate Austin Dobson) and Marjorie Caldwell Dobson. Following Arthur's death...

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  • (Person) West, Winifred May (1881 - 1971)

    <p>Founder of Frensham who offered Dobson's a job as housemistress and a place at the school for both her daughters when Dobson's father died.</p>

  • (Person) Garner, Helen (1942 - )
  • (Person) Green, Dorothy (1915 - 1991)

Resources for Rosemary de Brissac Dobson

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AusStage

  1. Rosemary Dobson's network
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  3. The Ship of Ice
    Dobson, Rosemary (Playwright)
    [1947-06-01]
    A performance staged at the ABC Radio, Sydney, , NSW
  4. The Ship of Ice; With Other Poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Anthology : 1948]
    Published: Angus & Robertson

Australian Women's Register

  1. Dobson, Rosemary de Brissac
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Rosemary Dobson (1920- )
    Ayers, Marie-Louise
    [Detroit, USA]
    Published: Gale Research Co.
    Series: IspartOf Australian Writers, 1915-1950Samuels, Selina
  3. Rosemary Dobson
    Hanley, Penelope
    [Canberra, ACT]
    Published: National Library of Australia
    Series: IspartOf Creative lives: personal papers of Australian writers and artists
  4. A Frame of Reference: Rosemary Dobson's Grace Notes for Humanity
    Mitchell, Adrian
    [1981]
    Series: IspartOf Australian Literary Studies
  5. "Looking into the Landscape": The Elegiac Art of Rosemary Dobson
    McCooey, David
    [1995]
    Series: IspartOf Westerly
  6. A Conversation with Rosemary Dobson
    McCooey, David
    [1996]
    Series: IspartOf Antipodes
  7. The Intricate, Devised Hearing of Sight: A Profile of Rosemary Dobson
    Smith, Graeme Kinross
    [1974]
  8. Rosemary Dobson: A Celebration
    Hooton, Joy
    [Canberra]
    Published: National Library of Australia
  9. A Celebration of the Art of Rosemary Dobson
    Hooton, Joy
    [2000]
    Series: IspartOf National Library of Australia News
  10. Poetry and Painting: A Personal View
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [1977]
    Series: IspartOf Quadrant
  11. Over My Shoulder
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [1989]
    Series: IspartOf Island Magazine
  12. A World of Difference: Australian Poetry and Painting in the 1940s
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [1973]
    Series: IspartOf Southerly
  13. The Figure in the Doorway: On the Poetry of Rosemary Dobson
    Catalano, Gary
    [1994]
    Series: IspartOf Quadrant
  14. Rosemary Dobson
    Williams, Barbara
    [Amsterdam]
    Published: Rodopi
    Series: IspartOf In Other Words: Interviews with Australian Poets
  15. Rosemary Dobson - the Text and the Textile
    Ayers, Marie-Louise
    [1995]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
    Series: IspartOf Australian Literary Studies
  16. Reclusive Grace: The Poetry of Rosemary Dobson
    Zwicky, Fay
    [Nedlands, W.A.]
    Published: UWA Publishing
    Series: IspartOf The Lyre in the Pawnshop: Essays on Literature and Survival 1974-1984
  17. The last of her line
    Page, Geoff
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf Canberra Times
  18. Rosemary Dobson's poetic life in pursuit of the intervening angel
    Lehmann, Geoffrey
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf The Australian
  19. Rosemary Dobson
    Series: IspartOf Australian Poetry Library
  20. Rosemary Dobson in conversation with John Tranter
    [2004]
    Series: IspartOf John Tranter
  21. Rosemary Dobson. A Celebration
    Hooton, Joy
    [Canberra]
    Published: National Library of Australia
  22. Last of an "illustrious generation" of poets
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf The Week
  23. Rosemary Dobson, enduring voice of Australia, dies
    Steger, Jason
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf The Age
  24. Poets Who Drew From World Well
    Savige, Jaya
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf The Australian
  25. Poet's Final Journey to the Western Star
    Metherell, Gia
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf Canberra Times
  26. Poet espoused tradition, yet remained distinct
    McCooey, David
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf Sydney Morning Herald
  27. Well-versed prizewinner
    Ayres, Marie-Louise
    [2012]
    Series: IspartOf The Canberra Times
  28. Over the Frontier: The Poetry of Rosemary Dobson
    Brady, Veronica
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
    Series: IspartOf Caught in the Draught: On Contemporary Australian Culture and Society
  29. Greek coins: a sequence of poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra]
    Published: Brindabella Press
  30. Collected
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [St Lucia, Qld]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  31. Poems to Hold or Let Go
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra: ACT]
    Published: Ampersand Duck
  32. Folding the Sheets and other poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Warners Bay, NSW]
    Published: Picaro Press
  33. Untold Lives and later poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Rose Bay, NSW]
    Published: Brandl and Schlesinger
  34. Untold Lives: a sequence of poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra]
    Published: Officina Brindabella
  35. Collected Poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [North Ryde, NSW]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  36. Seeing and Believing
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra]
    Published: National Library of Australia
  37. Summer press
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [St Lucia and New York]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  38. The Three Fates and other poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Hale and Iremonger
  39. The continuance of poetry: twelve poems for David Campbell
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra]
    Published: Brindabella Press
  40. Selected poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney, NSW]
    Published: Angus & Robertson
  41. Vision Poetry and the Land in Rosemary Dobson's Poetry
    Senn, Werner
    [1996]
    Series: IspartOf Antipodes
  42. Over the Frontier: poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  43. Moscow Trefoil: poems from the Russian of Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam
    Campbell, David and Dobson, Rosemary. Translator: Staples, Natalie
    [Canberra]
    Published: Australian National University Press
  44. Three poems on water-springs
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Canberra]
    Published: Brindabella Press
  45. Selected Poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney, NSW]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  46. Knossos
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [London]
    Published: Alec Bolton
  47. Cock Crow: poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  48. Poems. Australian Poets and Artists [Adelaide]: Australian Letters
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [1964]
  49. Rosemary Dobson. Australian Poets
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  50. Child with a Cockatoo and other poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Angus and Robertson
  51. In a Convex Mirror: poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Sydney]
    Published: Dymocks
  52. Poems
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [Mittagong, New South Wales]
    Published: Frensham Press
  53. Focus on Ray Crook
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [1971]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  54. Seven Russian Poets: Imitations
    Dobson, Rosemary
    [St Lucia, Qld]
    Published: University of Queensland Press
  55. From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2013]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  56. Papers of Rosemary Dobson, 1923-2004 [manuscript]
    [3.9 m, 25 boxes : 1923 - 2004]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    The papers of MS 4955 include a considerable amount of correspondence about literary, business and personal matters, drafts of poems, drafts of reviews, index cards, press cuttings, sketches, material about writers' festivals, details of seminars, papers relating to Moscow trefoil and Seven Russian poets, papers relating to Francis Webb and information about poetry competitions. Major correspondents are Margaret Horder, Christina Stead, Francis Webb, Nan McDonald, Geoffrey Bingham, Claire O'Brien, Elizabeth Marsh, Denise Levertov, Ray Mathew, Alan Tregaskis, Lady Casey, Patrick White, David Marr, David Campbell, R.D. FitzGerald, A.D. Hope, Douglas Stewart, James McAuley and Judith Wright (25 boxes).
    MS 4955
  57. [Poetry reading by Rosemary Dobson] [sound recording] / [recorded by : Hazel de Berg]
    [1959?]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    1 sound tape reel Dobson read the following poems: "The country press" and "Cock crow".
    ORAL TRC 1/245
  58. Interview with Rosemary Dobson, poet [sound recording] / interviewer, Heather Rusden
    [1 September 1999 - 27 January 2000]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    2 sound discs (CD-R) and 4 digital audio tapes (ca. 350 min.)
    ORAL TRC 3943
  59. [Biographical cuttings on Rosemary Dobson, poet, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 333263
  60. Literary papers 1969-1981 [manuscript]
    [1969 - 1981]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Compilation of literary works brought together by the Aboriginal Treaty Committee for the purpose of fund-raising. These works include the following: Murray Bail's original draft, typed with holograph corrections of "The drover's wife"; Nancy Cato's typed draft with corrections of the poem "Travel". Alan Marshall's complete set of drafts with corrections and additions of "Hallucination at departure"; Ivan Southall's manuscripts of the book "The golden goose"; Kylie Tennant's playscript "Here of nowhere" and Patrick White's work on a projected opera based on "A fringe of leaves". Other literary figures represented are: Patsy Adam-Smith, Dorothy Auchterlone, (Dorothy Green), John Blight, R. F. Brissenden, Manning Clark, H. C. Coombs, Bruce Dawe, Margaret Diesendorf, Rosemary Dobson, Geoffrey Dutton, Ray Ericksen, Sylvana Gardner, Stewart Harris, Gwen Harwood, Roger McDonald, Donald Horne, Mark O'Connor; R. A. Simpson, Geoffrey Page, Judith Rodriguez, Dal Stivens, Judah Waten, Judith Wright and Nancy Keesing.
    MS 6856
  61. Papers of Judith Wright, 1944-2000 [manuscript]
    [15.96 m : 1944 - 2000]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    The papers of MS 5781 comprise literary manuscripts, correspondence, research material, newspaper cuttings, subject files, financial records and other papers. A significant proportion of the collection relates to conservation and Aboriginal concerns, with extensive files on the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, the Australian Conservation Foundation and other organisations. Literary material includes requests for use of Wright's poems and drafts of her books Because I was invited, The coral battleground, The generations of men, Charles Harpur, The cry for the dead and We call for a treaty and of her autobiography, Half a lifetime. Correspondents include A.W. Sheppard, Rosemary Dobson, Barbara Blackman, Dorothy Green, Kevin Gilbert, Roberta Sykes, David Brooks, Ian Hudson, Thistle Stead, Stefanie Bennett, Julian Croft, John Reed, Roger McDonald, Henry Reynolds, Kathleen McArthur and Len Webb. Wright's close family relationships are represented by a substantial correspondence between Wright and her husband, J.P. (Jack) McKinney, and with her daughter, Meredith McKinney (105 boxes, 1 fol. Box, 1 elephant folio, 1 oversize box). The Acc08.078 instalment comprises six folders and packets of correspondence, including Wright's letters to her cousin Tina Lister (née Wright), ca. 1969-ca. 1996; cuttings and other papers relating to Wright collected by Tina Lister, ca. 1952-1995; letters from Wright to Paul Sherman, 1958-1999; and, three folders of letters from Wright to her father, P.A. Wright, 1948-1959, 1960-1966 and 1966-1970 (1 box). The Acc09.129 instalment is an exercise book containing poems (juvenilia) by Judith Wright written for her cousin Tina (Margaret) Wright (1 folder). The Acc09.130 instalment comprises a manuscript book of poems titled "Habitat" by Judith Wright, dedicated to her daughter Meredith, written between January 1971 and February 1972 (1 folder).
    MS 5781
  62. Papers of Dawn Richardson, 1970-2010 [manuscript]
    [0.48 m : 1970 - 2010]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    MS 8993 comprises training manuals used for professional and para-professional staff development in the National Library of Australia in the 1970s, and correspondence. The manuals include: System Development Appreciation Course (undated); A Report on [a] Course in Catalogue Searching [for] Clerical Assistants 4 (Feb. '71); and, Continuing Education Programme, [National Library of Australia], series 1, sessions 1-40 [1972-75?]. Correspondence in the collection includes letters from Dymphna Clark, Honor Thwaites, Ruth Niland (Park), Rosemary Dobson, Barrett Reid, Stephen Murray-Smith, Joan Phipson and others. There are also invitations, press cuttings and memorabilia, mainly of Dymphna or Manning Clark, including two photographs, one showing Dymphna and Manning Clark, the other showing Dymphna (3 boxes). The Acc13.017 instalment comprises correspondence, cuttings and typed notes pertaining to Lister George Hopkins and his wife Edna Hopkins, assembled by Richardson whilst writing a tribute to Lister Hopkins at the time of his death in 2008 (1 packet).
    MS 8993
  63. Correspondence, 1952-1968 [manuscript]
    [2 folders : 1952 - 1968]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Four letters written by Sylvia Townsend Warner to Mrs Marjorie Dobson (mother of Rosemary Dobson). The letters contain news of Rosemary's marriage to Alex Bolton, the sad news about Rosemary's first baby, as well as news of people they knew. Also includes a letter from Norman Lindsay to Marjorie Dobson, 1967, concerning a portrait of Rosemary Dobson.
    MS 7610
  64. Sound recordings
    [6.3 m : 1967 - 1989]
    Series: Australian National University Archives
    The recordings are of undergraduate lectures, public lectures and debates on current issues, addresses delivered at seminars and conferences, readings of literary works including plays and poetry, interviews, and radio programs produced for 2XX. Among the presenters are the 14th Dalai Lama, academics Professor R Johnson, Dr B Rawson, Dr H Kinloch, Professor R Elliot (reading Chaucer), Professor G Sawer, Professor Manning Clark, Professor Ted Ringwood, Professor G Zubrzycki, Professor Robin Gollan and Professor Derek Freeman, Vice-Chancellors Dr HC Coombs and Professor DA Low, politicians Gough Whitlam and Senator Susan Ryan, writers Patrick White and Xavier Herbert, and poets AD Hope, Bob Brissenden, and Rosemary Dobson. Most are on reel-to-reel tapes but some audio cassettes were produced in the period 1984-1986.
    AU ANUA 51
  65. Portrait of Rosemary Dobson, 1992
    [1992]
    Series: National Library of Australia, vn4667039. Used with permission.

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Canberra Times funeral notice: Bolton, Rosemary de Brissac Dobson AO aged 92 years. Died very peacefully at Brindabella Gardens Nursing Home on 27 June 2012. Dearly loved wife of Alec Bolton. Dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Alexandra (dec.), Lissant, Robert and James, Ian and Nicola.
The Australia, 29 June 2012, p.3 Revered poet Dobson dies at 92, by Stephen Romei, Literary Editor
'Award-winning Australian poet Rosemary Dobson, a contemporary of AD Hope and Judith Wright, has died at age 92. Dobson was hailed as the last of a great generation of Australian poets and remembered also for her generosity to younger writers.
"Poets and lovers of poetry owe her a considerable debt, not only for her inspirational devotion to the art but also her quiet but real encouragement of other who shared that commitment," said Canberra poet Geoff Page, who last visited Dobson on her birthday on June 18.
"Although less prominent than some others of her generation - Judith Wright, for example - she was a key member of the group and Australian readers will never be able to think of its remarkable collective achievement without including her." Dobson, who was frail and no longer able to write because of poor eyesight, died in a Canberra nursing home on Wednesday. She is survived by three adult children. Her husband, publisher Alec Bolton, had died unexpectedly in 1996, a loss she mourned in her poem 'Diving Colander'.
Dobson was born in Sydney and started publishing poems in "The Bulletin" in the 1940s, when poet Douglas Stewart was literary editor. Other friends and acquaintances included Francis Webb, David Campbell and James McAuley. Her first book of poetry, "In a Convex Mirror" was published in 1944 http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/27614682.
She worked as a proofreader with publisher Angus & Robertson, where she met Bolton, whom she married in 1951. Her "Child with a cuckoo" collection was published in 1955 and received a harsh review from Hope in "Quadrant". However, he chanegd his mind later and said of his critique: "the least I can do is now confess its inadequacy."
Dobson and Bolton lived in London from 1966 to 1971 and the poet's interest in art, antiquity and mythology imbues her work. On their return to Australia, the couple lived in Canberra, where they were active in the literary community.
Poet and novelist Alan Gould said: "To her I owe my first appearance in an anthology, and festive company with poets at the Bolton dinner table. We gained from her a sense that to commit oneself to writing poems was to accept that poetry itself was a value of the highest order."
Dobson published 16 volumes or poetry and won many literary prizes, including the Patrick White Award in 1984.'

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  1. Papers of Rosemary Dobson
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Unpublished : 1923-2004 ]
    At National Library
    Papers of Rosemary Dobson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 825.969)

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  2. Papers relating to Rosemary Dobson
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Unpublished : 1940-1959 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Papers / Rosemary Dobson
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-
    [ Unpublished ]
    At LuReesArchives
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  1. Rosemary Dobson interviewed by Suzanne Lunney
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Sound : 1975-2000 ]
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    At National Library
    Rosemary Dobson interviewed by Suzanne Lunney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,173.369)

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  2. Rosemary Dobson / interviewed by Suzanne Hayes
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-
    [ Sound : 1970-1981 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 914.66)

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  3. David Campbell ; Rosemary Dobson [interviewer] Susan Hayes
    Campbell, David Watt Ian
    [ Sound : 1980-1989 ]
    At Macquarie University
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 832.973)

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  4. Rosemary Dobson reads from her own work
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Sound : 1969-1970 ]
    At 5 libraries
    Rosemary Dobson reads from her own work
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  1. Australian poets in profile
    Dobson, Rosemary
    Southerly
    [ Article : 1980 ]
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  2. Powerful poetry linked with Australia.(News)(Obituary)
    The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  1. POETESS ROSEMARY DOBSON: To give readings in Canberra
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 24 October 1964 p 12 Article Illustrated
    ... . Rosemary de Brissac Dobson, grand-daughter of the English poet and essayist Austin Dobson, was born in ... POETESS ROSEMARY DOBSON: To give readings in The A.C.T. Division of the Arts Council lias arranged ... 260 words
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  2. BOOKS OF THE WEEK CONTINUED The Ship of Ice The "Herald's" PRIZE POEM | FINAL INSTALMENTS
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 1 March 1947 p 11 Article Illustrated
    ... INSTALMENTS rTvHE last instalment of Miss Rosemary De Brissac Dobson's *: long dramatic poem, which won first ... BOOKS OF THE WEEK J CO NTINUE D The Ship pf Ice The "Herald's" PRIZE POEM By ROSEMARY DOBSON FINAL ... 1095 words
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  3. The Ship of Ice The "Herald's" PRIZE POEM SECOND INSTALMENT
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 22 February 1947 p 9 Article
    ... of Miss Rosemary De Brissac Dobson's -*. long dramatic poem, which won first prize in the verse ... The Ship of Ice ^RTZTPÔEW By ROSEMARY DOBSON e SECOND INSTALMENT I J_,--. 'T'HE second instalment ... 1346 words
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  1. Collected / Rosemary Dobson
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At 72 libraries
    Collected / Rosemary Dobson
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  2. Rosemary Dobson / selection and introduction by the author
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Book : 1963 ]
    At 37 libraries
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  3. Rosemary Dobson reads from her own work
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Book : 1970 ]
    At 21 libraries
    Rosemary Dobson reads from her own work
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,280.631)

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  4. Rosemary Dobson : a celebration / compiled and edited by Joy Hooton for the Friends of the National Library of Australia
    Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-2012
    [ Government publication, Book, Archived website : 2000 ]
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    At 22 libraries
    Rosemary Dobson : a celebration / compiled and edited by Joy Hooton for the Friends of the National Library of Australia
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