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Nancy Borlase

1914 – 2006

Nancy Borlase AM (1914-2006), painter and writer, was 23 when she came to Sydney from New Zealand, where she had studied art and written a book. She continued her art studies at the East Sydney Technical College, and with Rah Fizelle and Grace Crowley. She was a member of the Contemporary Art Society from 1952 to 1970; in 1960 her first solo exhibition was held at Sydney's Macquarie Galleries. Between 1973 and 1981 she was art critic for the Bulletin and the Sydney Morning Herald. Borlase won the Portia Geach Prize for portraiture in 2000. Her husband since 1941, union official Laurie Short AO OBE (b. 1915), joined the Ironworkers' Union in 1937 and the Labor Party five years later. In 1951, he became the National Secretary of the Federated Ironworkers' Association, a position he was to hold for more than 30 years.

Updated 2018