Item F3453 - Gleanings from Australian verse

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Gleanings from Australian verse


  • 1940 (Creation)

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1 volume ; colour illustrations.

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Ella Lilian Pedersen (née Glover), better known as Lilian Pedersen, was born in England in 1898. After completing a Diploma of Arts and Crafts at the Manchester College of Arts in 1918, she married Australian pastoralist Andrew Pedersen, moving to Australia in 1921. Pedersen worked with a variety of media throughout her career, including textiles, weavings, pottery, embroidery and paintings in oil and watercolour, as well the calligraphy, illumination and leather work. She was a founding member of the Half Dozen Group of Artists in 1940, regularly exhibiting in their annual exhibitions for the rest of her career.

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Manuscript book of seventeen illuminated and illustrated poems by Australian authors. Father Leo Hayes commissioned the book of his favourite Australian poems from artist Ella Lilian Pedersen. Hayes wanted it done in the manner of the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. Each of the 17 poems chosen by Father Hayes has been written in calligraphy with accompanying illustrations depicting the location or subject of each poem. Pedersen crafted a tooled leather binding with ornamentation in pewter studded with semi-precious stones, including opals and agates, collected by Father Hayes when he was parish priest in Crows Nest. The original cover was damaged, and the central panel was replaced in the early 2000s by book restorer Anne Clonnan with one remaining gemstone.

Poems: The first comers there / Margaret Curran. -- Carnarvon deep gorges / Bertha Butler. -- Love in a cottage / Daniel Henry Deniehy. -- The frog pool / James Devaney. -- Toowoomba dark purple / George Essex Evans. -- Where the pelican builds / Mary Hannay Foott. -- The Waradgery tribe / Mary Gilmore. -- Taralga / Mary Gilmore. -- When winter comes to Queensland / Alice Gore-Jones. -- My country / Dorothea Mackellar. -- Colour / Dorothea Mackellar. -- The gentle water bird (for Mary Gilmore) / John Shaw Neilson. -- Old salt / Lydia M. D. O'Neil. -- The way of it / D. L. Waraker. -- In September Queensland Bush / D. L. Waraker. -- Rain magic / Frances Dunn. -- Waratah and wattle / Henry Lawson.

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  • English

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Related material can be found in UQFL2 Father Edward Leo Hayes Papers.

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This collection has been cited in:
Whiteway, P. (2009). 'Gleanings from Australian verse', Fryer Folios, 4 (1) 5-6. --

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Revised, Linda Justo, 10-Aug-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




Whiteway, P. (2009). 'Gleanings from Australian verse', Fryer Folios, 4 (1) 5-6. --
'The Social Round' (1940, September 19). The Telegraph, p. 7, Retrieved 10 August 2021.

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