"THE WITCH OF KINGS CROSS"
HOMAGE TO AN
AUSTRALIAN LEGEND 1917 -1979
PENCIL AND COLOURED PENCIL
Norton was an artist, author and occultist who spent most of her life
living in Sydney's bohemian suburb of "Kings Cross." She published many
books of art, poetry and short stories, and a number of books have been
published about her by other authors, many of which are still available
for sale today. Much of her published material caused particular controversy in
Australia during the 1940s and 50s, when the country "was both socially
and politically conservative" with Christianity as the dominant faith
and at a time when the government "promoted a harsh stance on
censorship." She was also a journalist and illustrator for Smiths Weekly
newspaper and a horror story writer.
challenged many conservative minds of her time and was often in the
newspapers and tabloids for her controversial lifestyle and ideas. The
public were fascinated and intrigued by her as well as appalled and
disgusted by her audacity to be so different to the norm
and to dare to be so public about her "unusual" lifestyle.