Barry Dangerfield (1933-2005)
Barry Dangerfield was born in Melbourne in 1933. Barry became interested in poetry as a young man. His poetry is heavily influenced by his career as a horticulturalist and the various landscapes in which he worked.
As a child, Barry was always interested in gardening and after leaving school he commenced study at Burnley College of Horticulture. Following graduation, Barry worked as a lecturer at Burnley College and in various horticultural positions in Victoria before travelling to South Australia to work at the Adelaide Botanic Garden as Advisory Officer and subsequently Supervisor of the Garden. After resigning from his position at the Botanic Garden, Barry worked in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. In 1985, Barry returned to South Australia to commence work as Grounds Superintendent at Flinders University, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. Upon his retirement, Flinders University awarded Barry the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to the development of the grounds of the University.
In 2005, a compilation of Barry’s poems was published, entitled The Turn of the Tide. This publication included poems composed over a period of 40 years.
Barry died on November 6, 2005.