Born: Established: 7 Jun 1923 Sheffield ; Died: 4 Jun 1994 Melbourne
After his arrival in Australia in 1957 Dennis Davison began writing, producing and performing plays, contributing greatly to the world of theatre. He produced and took part in one of his own plays, Overnight Loan Only, just a few days before he died in 1994. He also produced and directed previously neglected works such as Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning, Edward Geoghegan's The Currency Lass, and Marcus Clarke's Reverses.
He also commissioned the Monash Australiana Series, a valuable series of editions of nineteenth-century plays and was founding editor of Margin, the publication of the Monash Australiana Research Group.
Davison, who was fluent in many languages, translated several French, German, and Russian plays including those written by Ivan Turgenev and Henri Becque. He also translated the play En Australie : Vaudeville en 1 Acte by Comptesse Lionel de Chabrillan.
A translation by Davison of Barron Field's poetry Spanish Sketches was published in Margin no.25, 1991 pp.[21-37].
Dennis Davison was a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne until his retirement in 1988.