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Trisha Dixon interviewed by Susan Marsden [sound recording]
Bib ID 4608690
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Dixon, Trisha, 1953-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2009 
3 sound files (ca. 223 min.) 

Trisha Dixon talks about the family property near Goulburn, N.S.W.; her family background; her schooling; her first garden 'lessons'; Edna Walling; having her own garden in Cooma; her start in photography at school; travelling around Australia; working at CSIRO Department of Entomology while studying Science at Canberra College of Advanced Education; taking on a job at the ABC to enable study for her pilot's licence; Night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) and commercial pilot training; working as a pilot for John McDonald; working at the ABC in the Rural Department, and then presenting the televised weather report; in the mid-1970s; applying for a job at Rural Press for 'Country Life' and 'The Land' newspapers, job as a photo-journalist covering the Riverina, N.S.W.; her job and career opportunities being enabled through feminism and parents' support and encouragement; giving up flying after her marriage (1978) and children; their property outside Cooma and the birth of their children; writing while the children were at school; the purchase (1985) of the neighbouring block 'Bobundara Station', a homestead built in the 1830s; photographer, Charles Kerry; artists who lived around the Cooma area; photography around the Canberra region; Walter Burley Griffin; Timothy Hall's book on Banjo Patterson with her photography; co-authoring a book with Jenny Churchill on Edna Walling's gardens.

Dixon discusses studying horticulture in Canberra; return to photography, investing in camera equipment; Barbara Barnes; consulting on garden design and heritage gardens; her photographic and writing work; the book 'Monaro Country'; structuring her work-day; supporting the farm through career; the Australian Garden History Society; conducting tours around Australia and overseas; returning to university to study art, architecture and photography; joining the Board of the Powerhouse Museum; her involvement with the Australian Garden History Society and Australian Open Garden Scheme; Editor of the Australian Garden History Society journal for about 6 years; her photography; travelling exhibition with the National Trust in the 1990s, her other exhibitions; N.S.W. Heritage Photography Award (1991); the process of writing, photographing and getting a book published; her book 'Under the Spell of the Ages'; the importance of place in the histories of Australian artists and writers; the collection of her photographs in the National Library; the theft of her cameras; her move into digital photography; artists that inspire, Olive Cotton; the influence of landscape and place on her professional photography career; the impact of climate change on the landscape and gardens, embracing the dry Australian climate in garden design; the changed perception of gardens in Australia.


Recorded on May 26, 2009 at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Related Material Trisha Dixon during an interview with Susan Marsden at the National Library of Australia, 26 May 2009; located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC Online access #NL40045 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 153 leaves) 
Subjects Dixon, Trisha, 1953- -- Interviews.  |  Walling, Edna, 1895-1973.  |  Photographers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Photojournalists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Photography of gardens.  |  Gardens -- Australia.
Occupation Photographers.
Other authors/contributors Marsden, Susan, 1952-, Interviewer


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