Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John
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Madeleine St John had a brilliant, creative mind and wrote four remarkable novels, including the irrepressibly optimistic and lovely Australian classic The Women in Black. But her personal life was anything but happy. Helen Trinca has captured the troubled life of Madeleine St John in this touching account.
interview with HT, 23 July 2012. 14 Robert McPherson, interview with HT, 4 May 2011. 15 Unpublished novel by Madeleine St John. 16 Kent Carroll, interview with HT, 3 August 2011. 17 Susannah Godman, interview with HT, 2 September 2011. 18 Ibid. 19 VSJ, letter to MSJ, 7 August 2002. 20 MSJ, letter to VSJ, 7 January 2003. 21 Susannah Godman, interview with HT, 2 September 2011. 22 Peta Worth, interview with HT, 10 October 2011. 23 Ibid. 24 Sarah Lutyens, interview with HT, 7 December
everywhere they went Ted sought gifts for his daughters. When the couple finally arrived in the UK, Ted rushed to a phone and told a rather startled Florence that he was engaged to be married. Over the next few weeks Ted and Val enjoyed socialising in London. The Commonwealth and Empire Law Conference opened in July amid great fanfare in Westminster Hall. This was the first of what would be regular five-yearly conferences, and the Brits turned on the ceremony with a garden party at Buckingham
later score serious acting parts on campus. Some of the Octopus members toiled behind the scenes for Dead Centre. Libby Smith did costumes; Sue McGowan was on makeup. Madeleine was not a natural actor, although she had inherited the St John gift of mimicry. But she saw herself as something of a femme fatale, even if she was buried in a duffel jacket and oversized jumpers. The role of Lolita Montez appealed to those fantasies, and she adored the vintage dress she wore on stage. She also appeared
6 CSJ, interview with HT, 15 July 2012. 7 MSJ Tapes, March 2004. 8 Ibid. 9 Ibid. 10 Medical records of Sylvette St John, Reception House, Darlinghurst, 15 March 1953. 11 Ibid. 12 Ibid. 13 Ibid. 14 Ibid. 15 MSJ Tapes, March 2004. 16 CSJ, interview with HT, 23 July 2012. 17 Medical records of Sylvette St John, Broughton Hall Psychiatric Clinic, 16 June 1954. 18 Ibid. 19 Margaret Whitlam, interview with HT, 15 June 2011. 20 CSJ, interview with HT, 23 July 2012. 21 CSJ, interview with
Lutyens, 24 March 1995. 18 Carole Welch, letter to Sarah Lutyens, 20 March 1995. 19 Fanny Blake, letter to Sarah Lutyens, 12 April 1995. 20 Jonathan Burnham, letter to Sarah Lutyens, 27 March 1995. 21 Joanna Goldsworthy, letter to Sarah Lutyens, 28 March 1995. 22 Christopher Potter, fax to Sarah Lutyens, 30 March 1995. 23 FB, interview with HT, 16 October 2011. 24 Christopher Potter, fax to Sarah Lutyens, 30 March 1995. 25 MSJ, letter to Sarah Lutyens, 16 May 1995. 26 ‘Jesus Bids Us