File F2261 - Kath Watson Poems

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Kath Watson Poems


  • 1931-1983 (Creation)

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13 volumes ; 24 cm + 4 leaves ; 33 cm and smaller.

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Biographical history

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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Previously titled: [Poems], 1935-1975

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Thirteen exercise books of poetry written by Kath Watson. Date range on inside covers. Books arranged chronologically. All entries are handwritten; some have handwritten comments by Kath Thomas. Inserted in book 5 is a handwritten note (1 leaf) by Kath from a later time period (undated). Removed from book 13 are 4 typescript leaves.

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Unrestricted access.

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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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  • English

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Some books are fragile, with covers coming off.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 13-Feb-2024. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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