Patricia Rolfe, 1920-2008: Pat Rolfe helped revive The Bulletin.
DAME EDNA EVERAGE can thank Patricia Rolfe for her early style. It was Pat who ventured into the ladies department of Waltons on Park Street, Barry Humphries in tow, looking for dresses to fit him. And if that wasn’t daunting enough, the shoe department was even worse: Humphries had very large feet.
Humphries remembered the occasion: “It was in an age when Edna still bought some of her clothes off the peg. It was an exhilarating day’s shopping with a remarkable and civilised woman.”
Rolfe’s claim to fame, however, was first and foremost as a journalist, working at The Bulletin for more than 35 years, as columnist, deputy editor, literary editor and mentor to many of the bright young things who wandered through. Malcolm Turnbull, Bob Carr and David Marr were among them. Marr saw her as “a great and unobtrusive teacher of writing and thinking, a very serious person and a realist”…
And when she was seventy, she persuaded Jim Hall, then Editor of The Bulletin, to hire me as Poetry Editor for three years, from 1990 to 1993. So Thanks!