File F1560 - Blue rain

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Blue rain


  • 1939-1987 (Creation)

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3 leaves ; sizes vary

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Ian Scott McDowall was born on 5 June 1922. He was a public servant, member of the Communist Party, who served in New Guinea during World War Two. He died in an aircraft accident in the New Guinea on 18 September 1945.

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Kathleen Kinkead Watson was born on 13 January 1911 in Brisbane. She won a scholarship to University of Queensland when it was located in George Street. Kath Watson wrote poetry into the 1980s. She joined the Communist Party in 1940 and was politically active in the labour movement from the 1940s. She worked in the trade union movement including for the Union of Australian Women in fighting for equal pay. She married Harvey Alfred Pete Thomas and it is by her married name, Kath Thomas, that she is most remembered. Throughout the 1970s Watson continued preparing submissions to the Federal Government on the role and status of women. She died on 3 October 1994.

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Typescript poem by Ian Scott McDowall written before his death in 1945.
Accompanied by two leaves with brief notes about the author, by the donor, Kath Watson; written in or before 1987.

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Unrestricted access.

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Poem by Ian Scott McDowall - Out of copyright. Able to be reproduced without permission. Please attribute the Fryer Library.

Notes by Kath Thomas - In copyright. Can be reproduced for personal research and study. For other uses see About copyright. Please attribute the Fryer Library.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 7-Feb-2024. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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