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dc.contributor.authorBuckridge, Paten_US
dc.contributor.editorBelinda McKay and Patrick Buckridgeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:14:53Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:14:53Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2010-11-02T07:04:05Z
dc.identifier.issn13218166en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/26104
dc.description.abstractOlga Penton died of heart failure at her home in Sydney one evening in 1973. She was found the next morning sitting upright in an armchair, with a plate of cold chicken half-eaten on her lap, a knowing smile on her face, and looking a lot younger than her 76 years. This is an image that captures the cheerful stoicism of her last twenty years of life. Fifty years earlier, another sedentary image captures an earlier self: the image is of Olga sitting naked in a bath, presiding over an intellectual salon of writers and free-thinkers in the Brisbane flat she was sharing with her new husband, Brian Penton. It is hard to be sure whether this second image exactly corresponds to reality neither of my informants was personally present at any of the bathroom salons, and both reported them as a spicy rumour rather than an observed fact but whether true or not, we can say that the rumour expresses the ambience of intellectual sophistication and sexual daring that seems to have surrounded her at the time. What I wish to do in this paper is to say enough about Olga Penton's early life to convey some sense of the kind of person she was, and also of the kinds of openings and obstacles to cultural self-expression she encountered in Brisbane when she was living and working here in the early 1920s. I think of her as a 'bohemian' figure (though not in any very strict sense), partly because she thought and spoke of herself that way, and partly to suggest a comparison with women like Bee Miles, Dulcie Deamer and Anna Brennan in Sydney in this same decade.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Queensland Pressen_US
dc.publisher.placeSt. Lucia, Qld.en_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/browseJournalTitle;res=IELHSS;issn=1321-8166en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom51en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto65en_US
dc.relation.ispartofedition2008en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalQueensland Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume15en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode430101en_US
dc.titleA Bohemian Wife: the Life and Death of Olga Pentonen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciencesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 University of Queensland Press. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2008
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