Dame Mary Gilmore [10 February 1937]

[Editor: This article about Mary Gilmore was published in The Sydney Mail, 10 February 1937.]

Dame Mary Gilmore

Among the honours which were announced last week, none was more rightly earned or more generally approved than the Dame Commandership of the British Empire bestowed upon Mrs. Mary Gilmore, poetess, author, and social worker.

Dame Mary Gilmore has been associated with many movements for the betterment of working and living conditions generally; she was one of those who sailed with William Lane to found a New Australia in Paraguay — an experiment which failed, it is true; but not because of the faith and energy of those like Dame Mary Gilmore, who worked so single-heartedly for the cause.

Since her return to Australia Dame Mary’s work as journalist, essayist, poet, and short-story writer has commanded the appreciation of everyone who has been privileged to read it. Especially is she noted for her poems, of which several volumes — notably “Marri’d and Other Verses,” “The Rue Tree,” “The Wild Swan,” and “Under the Wilgas” — have been published.

Quite recently Dame Mary’s early experiences formed the subject of two most interesting volumes of reminiscences, in which her descriptive and humorous powers in a prose medium were particularly well exhibited.

A bust of Dame Mary, by the well-known sculptor Rayner Hoff, was recently placed in the Sydney National Art Gallery.

The Sydney Mail (Sydney, NSW), 10 February 1937, p. 47

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