Cusack, Dymphna

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Cusack, Dymphna Gender: F
Cusack, Dymphna Ellen
born on 21 September 1902 at 23:45 (= 11:45 PM )
Place West Wyalong, Australia, 33s55, 147e13
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 27°38' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 16°31 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 09°03'

Dymphna Cusack (1947)


Australian writer, author of the runaway best-selling first book "Come In Spinner," 1951, a wrenching portrait of prostitution and gambling, rackets and black marketing and the whole sleazy sub-culture of vice that flourished side by side with patriotic dedication to the war effort.

It was published in Britain, the USA, and was translated into many European languages. "Say No To Death," followed in the same year, an elegiac, deeply moving story of a young woman stricken by tuberculosis, a searing indictment of the treatment and care of T.B. victims and was instrumental in influencing New South Wales public health authorities to introduce new standards in treatment and prevention.

The daughter of a sheep farmer, Dymphna was educated at St Ursula's College, Armidale, and graduated from Sydney University with an Honours Degree in Arts and a Diploma of Education. She worked as a teacher until her early retirement in 1944 due to ill-health.

Her position in Australian literature has been established since 1935 with her first three-act drama, "Red Sky at Morning," heralded as the best play yet written in Australia, and her first novel, "Jungfrau," 1936, runner-up for the Prior Prize in the same year.

Dymphna Cusack left Australia to begin a new life. With her husband Norman Frechill she spent twenty years traveling through Europe and Asia. East or West, the Riviera or the Perfumed Hills of China, writing continuously of the different cultures and common problems of humanity.

Cusack was awarded the Australia Medal in 1981 for her contribution to Australian literature. She died on 10/19/1981, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Her biography, "Dymphna," 1975, was written by her husband, Norman Freehill.

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  • Work : New Job 1935 (First play published)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1936 (First novel published)
  • Work : Prize 1936 (Awraded the Prior Prize)
  • Work : Retired 1944 (From teaching)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1951 (Release of best-selling book)
  • Work : Gain social status 1975 (Biography written by husband published)
  • Work : Prize 1981 (Awarded the Australian Medal for contribution to Australian literature)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 19 October 1981 at 12:00 noon in Sydney, Australia (Age 79)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes her in "Dymphna Cusack" by Norman Freehill with Dymphna Cusack (Melbourne: Thomas Nelson Australia, 1975), p.13: "I came into the picture according to my mother, at a quarter to twelve on 21 September 1902, but my father registered me as being born on 22 September, so I always had two birthdays. By then the family was well-established on Wyalong goldfields."


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Long term marriage)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Constant travel)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Best-selling novels)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Prior Prize, Austalian Medal)