Dead, Veronica Brady, born January 5, 1929 and died August 20, 2015, she was an Australian religious sister who was a noted writer and academic. She was one of the first Australian religious sisters to broadcast on radio and to teach at a secular university.
She was a member of the inaugural Board of the Australian Broadcasting Company in the 1980s.
Brady was an authority on Nobel Prize-winning Australian author Patrick White and wrote South of My Days, a biography of Australian poet Judith Wright.
Veronica Brady was born in Melbourne in 1929. After teaching at Loreto Convent in Kirribilli, New South Wales, Brady went to the University of Western Australia in 1972, and became an Associate Professor in 1991.
She was a professor of Australian Literature at that university.
Brady was known for being outspoken. She publicly criticised the Vatican stance on abortion, homosexuality and contraception, was involved in the Aboriginal rights movement and the anti-uranium mining lobby, and supported the ordination of female priests in the Catholic Church.
Brady’s other writings included Caught in the Draught and Polyphonies of the Self.
She died on 20 August 2015 in Western Australia, at the age of 86.
Brady had been in care for the previous two years and had Alzheimer’s disease.
Kath Gordon’s biography of Sister Brady is Larrikin Angel.
Outspoken nun and academic Sister Veronica Brady dies aged 86 in Western Australia.