Author Talk: Ross McMullin


Thursday, 8 November 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm


  • General Admission: $10.00
  • State Library Friends Members: FREE

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Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor

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Author Talk: Ross McMullin

Will Dyson: Australia's Radial Genius


Australian-born Will Dyson (1880-1938) struggled to find a niche in his homeland despite his conspicuous talent as an artist and writer, but when he ventured overseas he became a stunning overnight success as a cartoonist. He went on to become internationally acclaimed in other spheres as well — as Australia’s first official war artist, an etcher, a writer of prose and poetry, a humourist and a speaker. His sensitive sketches of Australian soldiers remain unique. Dyson married Ruby Lindsay and knew her famous brothers well; he was particularly close to Norman and Lionel Lindsay. Ross McMullin will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice with an illustrated presentation about this fascinating, witty and under-recognised Australian.



Ross McMullin is an award-winning biographer and historian whose books include the ALP centenary history The Light on the Hill and, most recently, Pompey Elliott at War: In His Own Words. His earlier biography Pompey Elliott won awards for biography and literature, and his multi-biography Farewell, Dear People: Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. His book Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius was highly commended by the National Biography Award judges.

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