Margaret Geddes

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Margaret Geddes
Born 1949 (age 68–69)
Victoria, Australia
Occupation Writer, journalist, historian

Margaret Geddes (born 1949) is an Australian writer, journalist and historian.[1] She has written biographies of Australians, Remembering Weary (1996) on Edward Dunlop and Remembering Bradman (2002) on Donald Bradman; and the recollections of World War II participants in Blood, Sweat and Tears (2004).

Biography[edit]

Margaret Geddes was born in 1949 in rural Victoria. Her lifelong interest in World War II was influenced by her family history; five of her mother's six younger brothers enlisted in the services during the war, and two died. Geddes worked as a journalist for The Age newspaper – initially writing rock music reviews.[2]

In 1997 Geddes authored a work of fiction, Unseemly Longing: A Novel, which is "about a woman diagnosed with a brain tumour. [It] tells of her difficulty in adjusting to life and establishing her identity after a major operation".[3][4] She has published two biographies, Remembering Weary (1996) on Edward Dunlop (1907–1993), and Remembering Bradman (2002) on Donald Bradman (1908–2001), using the recollections of people known to the subjects.[5][6] Readings reviewer felt that with Remembering Bradman Geddes "builds up a remarkable and refreshingly human picture of Don Bradman and gives the first real insight into the private world of this great Australian".[7] Geddes travelled throughout Australia, England, Scotland and Italy to interview people on their experiences during World War II for her 2004 book, Blood, Sweat and Tears.[8] That book's illustrations were included in a folio which helped the artist, Miriam Rosenbloom, win the Hachette Livre Australia Young Designer of the Year award.[9] ABC-TV's 2004 documentary, Bradman: Reflections on the Legend, features Geddes providing information on the man's life.[10] In 2008 Geddes won a Creative Fellowship sponsored by State Library of Victoria which resulted in her booklet, Fighting for peace: Victorian women peace activists in WWI.[11] In July 2010 she presented it in a multimedia format discussing "the part played by religion, politics, class and personality in womens peace and anti-conscription organisations in Victoria during WWI".[12] In 2011 Geddes joined the Centre for Adult Education and taught courses in Editing and Non-Fiction.[13]

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Non-fiction[edit]

  • Geddes, Margaret; Victorian Arts Council; Country Education Project (Vic.); Community Arts Network Victoria (1985). Arts funding guide for community organisations in Victoria. Victorian Arts Council. [14]
  • Geddes, Margaret; League of Women Voters of Victoria (1987). A great idea : peace and women politicians of Victoria. League of Women Voters of Victoria. ISBN 978-0-7316-7666-8. [15]
  • Geddes, Margaret; Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia (1988). Mother & baby : a survival guide for the first twelve months and beyond. Viking O'Neil in association with the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia. ISBN 978-0-670-90111-1. [16]
  • Geddes, Margaret (1990). 'As I was saying ...'. The wit & wisdom of Australian women. Five Mile Press. ISBN 978-0-86788-267-4. [17]
  • Ross, Hutchinson & Associates; Geddes, Margaret; Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1999). The sound of Melbourne : 75 years of 3LO. ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ISBN 978-0-7333-0823-9. [18]
  • Margaret Geddes, ed. (2000). Australian almanac 2000. Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-86498-082-0. [19]
  • Geddes, Margaret (2008). The Australian garden : a poetic and practical celebration. Illustrations by Veronica Burns. Five Mile Press. ISBN 978-1-74178-898-3. [21]
  • Geddes, Margaret (2012). Australian birds : a celebration. Illustrated by Shirley Barber. Five Mile Press. ISBN 978-1-74248-263-7. [22]

Biography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography - Margaret Geddes". 6 July 2007. 
  2. ^ Geddes, Margaret (14 December 1978). "McGrath's Encyclopaedia Hardly Built on Solid Rock". The Age. Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Unseemly longing : a novel / Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Unseemly Longing". Brotherhood Books. Brotherhood of St Laurence. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Remembering Weary / Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Remembering Bradman / Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. Sir Donald Bradman – as recalled by those whose lives he touched .
  7. ^ "Remembering Bradman". Readings Pty Ltd (Mark Rubbo). Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Blood, Sweat and Tears – Australia's WWII remembered by the men and women who lived it / Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. Australians took part in every arena of the war, and these moving accounts include memories of the campaigns in Europe and Africa: the battles for the Kokoda Trail, New Guinea and the islands: the internment camps of South-East Asia: and the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway. Also included are stories from the men and women who kept things working and supported the war on the home front. This is a remarkable portrait of men, women and children at war. Blood, Sweat and Tears brings together the first-hand accounts of more than seventy-five ordinary Australians who did extraordinary things during World War II. Prisoners of war, airmen, nurses, landgirls, internees, schoolchildren, soldiers, sailors and volunteers of every description share their memories of a time of horror, tragedy, love and excitement .
  9. ^ "Book News: Australian Publishers Association 53rd Annual Book Design Awards". 21 July 2005. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. 
  10. ^ Brady, Nicole (9 September 2004). "Bradman, boots and all". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fellowships – Access and Engagement" (PDF). Library Board of Victoria Annual Report. State Library of Victoria. 2008–2009. p. 17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fighting for peace: Victorian women peace activists in WWI". 774 ABC Melbourne. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2012. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Writing & Editing Teachers – Margaret Geddes". CAE Melbourne. 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arts funding guide for community organisations in Victoria / compiled and written by Margaret Geddes for the Victorian Arts Council in association with the Country Education Project and the Community Arts Network". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "A great idea : peace and women politicians of Victoria / by Margaret Geddes for the League of Women Voters of Victoria". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mother & baby : a survival guide for the first twelve months and beyond / Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  17. ^ " 'As I was saying ...'. The wit & wisdom of Australian women / compiled by Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "The sound of Melbourne : 75 years of 3LO / [written and produced by Ross, Hutchinson & Associates ; text: Margaret Geddes ... [et al.]]". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Australian almanac 2000 / [edited by Margaret Geddes]". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Australian almanac 2001 / [edited by Margaret Geddes]". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Australian garden : a poetic and practical celebration / illustrations by Veronica Burns ; written and edited by Margaret Geddes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Australian birds : a celebration / Margaret Geddes ; illustrated by Shirley Barber". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 31 October 2012. Featuring the work of renowned illustrator, Shirley Barber, and original text by Margaret Geddes, along with carefully selected poems, extracts and quotes, this beautiful book is a timely celebration of all that is wonderful about birds .

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