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Dorothy Wentworth-Walsh Dorothy Wentworth-Walsh i(A45572 works by) (birth name: Dorothy Maureen Catherine Addison) (a.k.a. Dorothy Maureen Catherine Wentworth-Walsh)
Also writes as: Katie Martin ; Dorothy Addison ; Wentworth Addison ; Sharon Duval ; Dorothy Marsden ; Kane
Born: Established: 25 Jun 1926 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 12 Feb 2007 Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Female
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Dorothy Wentworth-Walsh travelled extensively as a journalist, broadcaster and author. Her father, Hobart-born Major Sydney Wentworth-Addison, at the age of twenty-two was the youngest editor of the Hobart Mercury before he joined the RAAF 21st fighter squadron. His sharing of experiences in India with his daughter when they met at the East India Club, Pall Mall, London, contributed to Wentworth-Walsh's fascination with India. He also introduced her to Rudyard Kipling and Kipling's mythology. However, it was an interview that she conducted with Christina Stead (q.v.) for the Canberra Times in 1969 that particularly stimulated Wentworth-Walsh's interest in India.

In her journalistic career, Wentworth-Walsh interviewed many well-known Australians, including Sir Edward ('Weary') Dunlop (q.v.) in 1981 when she was working with ABC National Radio in Melbourne. She has contributed essays on social issues to journals such as Nation Review. Wentworth-Walsh regarded Dame Elisabeth Murdoch (q.v.) as a friend and patron and corresponded with her regularly.

On the rear cover of Wentworth-Walsh's autobiography, A Room in Bombay & Other Stories (2005), it is stated that she wrote more than 80 romance and crime novels under various pseudonyms and contributed to the 'Kane' series of crime novels in the 1950s. Many of these have not yet been been traced.

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  • The National Centre for Australian Studies Monash University Bibliography of Australian Literature L-Z (1995) and Thorpe's Who's Who of Australian Writers (1991) incorrectly give year of birth for Dorothy Wentworth-Walsh as 1936.
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