Jessie Traill

A Biography

Jo Oliver

Jessie Traill, one of Australia's most outstanding etchers, worked in an uncommon field for women. This biography explores her remarkable life - as artist, humanitarian and independent spirit. Through her diary extracts, descriptions of world travels and letters, we hear her voice and see beauty and the joys of simple living through her eyes.
Date Published :
July 2020
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ISBN : 9781925984101
Pages : 448
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Jessie Traill was one of Australia’s most outstanding etchers, working in a field uncommon for women of her time. This biography explores her remarkable life – as artist, traveler, humanitarian and independent spirit. From the ten-year-old who first met Tom Roberts painting on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, to a student of Frederick McCubbin and etchers John Mather and Frank Brangwyn, Jessie developed her professional skills. She interrupted her career to work as a voluntary nurse in France during World War I, later raising funds for and revisiting war-torn Europe. Through diary extracts, descriptions of her world travels and personal letters we hear her voice and see through her eyes, beauty, humor and the joys of simple living.

About The Author

Jo Oliver is a writer and printmaker. She holds an MA and has worked for many years in oral history and historical research. Jo received a Creative Fellowship from the State Library Victoria to research and write about Jessie Traill using Jessie’s extensive papers held in the collection. Jo travelled within Australia and to France and the UK to find out more about Jessie’s life, meet people who had known her and see places where she had lived and worked. Jo has spoken about her research into the life of Jessie Traill at the National Gallery of Australia and at the State Library of Victoria.

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