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Francis Webb (Poet) : our school's most famous alumni pictured with George.











Francis Webb is regarded as one of Australia's greatest poets.

Webb attended our school from 1937 - 39. He was unable to complete his education here ( then called, Christrian Brothers' College, Chatswood) as our newly established school didn't provide the 'Leaving Certificate'.  Francis completed his schooling at Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham where he achieved Ist class Honours and 2nd in the State in English.

Dr Toby Davidson's interview & Robert Adamson's podcast on Webb, provide a great insight into Webb's life and his prodigious talent.


Interview with Dr Toby Davidson on Francis Webb

Features a record of Webb reading a poem.

The podcast published on Mar 19, 2014
Audio recording of a lecture by Robert Adamson, CAL Chair in Poetry at the Centre for New Writing, University of Technology, Sydney.

The lecture transcript has been made available by UTS. Poet, Robert Adamson's lecture provides a great insight into Francis Webb, our school's most famous old boy. 

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