Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton

(2 August 1922 – 17 September 1998 / Kapunda/ South Australia)

Biography of Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton

Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton poet

Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO was an Australian author and historian.

Dutton was born into a prominent pastoralist family in Kapunda, South Australia in 1922. He studied at the University of Adelaide and the University of Oxford. Whilst studying at the University of Adelaide, he wrote for the student newspaper On Dit and avant-garde magazine Angry Penguins. During his career, Dutton wrote or edited over 200 books, including poetry, fiction, biographies, art appreciation, art and literary history, travel books, novels for children and critical essays. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1976, and died in 1998.

Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton's Works:


The Mortal and the Marble (1950)
Andy (1968)
Tamara (1970)
Queen Emma of the South Seas (1976)
The Eye Opener (1982)
Flying Low: A Novel (1992)

Short stories

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle: Stories (1980)


Night Flight and Sunrise (1944)
Antipodes in Shoes (1958)
Flowers and Fury: Poems (1962)
On My Island: Poems (1967)
Poems Soft and Loud (1967)
Findings and Keepings: Selected Poems, 1939-1969 (1970)
North West: Fifteen Poems from the Pilbara and Kimberley (1971?)
New Poems to 1972 (1972)
A Body of Words (1977)
Selective Affinities: New Poems (1985)
New and Selected Poems (1993)


Tisi and the Yabby (1965)
Seal Bay (1966)
Tisi and the Pageant (1968)
The Prowler (1982)


A Long Way South (1953)
Founder of a City: The Life of Colonel William Light, First Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia: Founder of Adelaide 1786-1839 (1960)
Patrick White (1961)
Australia and the Monarchy, Sun Books, Melbourne (1966)
In Search of Edward John Eyre, MacMillan, Melbourne (1982)
Snow on the Saltbush: The Australian Literary Experience (1984)
The Innovators: The Sydney Alternatives in the Rise of Modern Art, Literature and Ideas (1986)
Kenneth Slessor: A Biography (1991)
Out in the Open: An Autobiography (1994)
A Rare Bird: Penguin Books in Australia 1946-96 (1996)


Australia's Censorship Crisis, Sun Books, Melbourne (1970) - with Max Harris
Republican Australia?, Sun Books, Melbourne (1977)
Seven Cities of Australia (1978)
Sir Henry, Bjelke Don Baby and Friends, Sun Books, Melbourne, (1971) - with Max Harris
The Vital Decade: Ten Years of Australiuan Art and Letters, Sun Books, Melbourne (1968) - with Max Harris

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Sometimes when the shallow water is clear and green

A long and steadily moving shape is seen,

And the whole bright bay suddenly grows dark,

And swimmers rush for the shore at the cry of ‘Shark!’

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