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Note: ' Australian poet who rose above great personal hardship to inspire all those who knew her.' (t.p.)
Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 Feet On The Ground : An Autobiographical Novel
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'Feet on the Ground is [Filson's] previously unpublished, autobiographical novel. It was written during the 1940s about a period in her life when her illness reached its toxic peak. Given less than 48 hours to live by Western medicine, she encountered an Indian healer, displaced by the Depression and looking for work as a gardener. He applied his healing skills and saved her life. This meeting of East and West in leafy, pre-war Mosman recalls a time when attitudes encouraged through the White Australia Policy jostled with more enlightened perspectives...' --- back cover.


  • Originally written during the 1940s under the nome de plume of 'Judith Grey' (p.3).
  • Fourteen of Filson's poems, published between 1936 and 1942, have been inserted at the start of relevant chapters to show the relationship between Filson's autobiographical writing and her poetry.
  • This work is based on Filson's struggle with debilatating rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Dedication: This is for my son.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Rheumatoid arthritis.
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person (autobiographical).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Marrickville, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Lenore Bassan , 2008 .
      Extent: 208p.
      Description: illus., ports.
      • Introduction by Lenore Bassan, nee Filson, 2008.
      • Illustrations are also by Lenore Bassan, granddaughter of Minnie Filson. Some of these illustrate personal items and places of significance to Filson.
      ISBN: 9780980498806 (pbk.)
Last amended 3 Apr 2018 14:17:23
  • Mosman, Cremorne - Mosman - Northbridge area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Cremorne, Cremorne - Mosman - Northbridge area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1937-1942
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