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From Sulari Gentill's website

From Sulari Gentill's website

Edna Higgens is a sculptor and friend of Rowly, Clyde and Milton.

Biography Edit

He mother was a French artist. She was raised among Sydney's intelligentsia, in salons rich in thought and debate.

In 1927 she was attending Ashton Art School, where she meet Rowland and Archie Greenwood.

She began living in Woodlands House in 1929.

On the 6th of December 1931, she walks into the Rowland painting and tells him the work is terrible. She slides into the wingback armchair and pulls off her hat and gloves. She informs him she had to discount one of her work to sell to an academic friend of her fathers. She also states that she saw Archie Greenwood and suspects he is sleeping at Happy Valley. While she tried to bring him back to Woodlands House, he wouldn't come.

Physical Appearance Edit

Edna Higgins

Edna Higgins

She has dark copper tresses. Rowland describes her as enchanting. Her face is mesmerizing and open like a child's, but also full of passion and an unshakable sense of self. Her hair is a glorious fiery shade similar to the one that features time and again in the works of masters.

She wears traditional style clothes of the time and her outfit often includes gloves and a hat.

Personality and Traits Edit

She is relaxed, and often slides easily into chairs or sits on the arms of them. She has passion for her work and the work of others and has a determined sense of self. She happy go lucky and spirited.

She has pride and dislikes having to discount her art works. She has also inherited a sense of determination from her mother as well as a belief in her artistic destiny and a certain disregard for the social expectations of the 1930s elite of Sydney. She is customarily blunt and has a lot of pride.

She is honest and forthright and will often tell people her opinions with the best intentions. She often tries to help people, especially her friends, and is distressed by the conditions many find themselves in the Great Depression.

Through her father she developed sympathies for the left as well as a suspicion of the almost in-comprehensive wealth of those in the great houses of Wollahra.

Skills and Abilities Edit

Ed sculpts in clay and bronze mostly.

Possessions Edit

Relationships Edit

Rowland Sinclair Edit

Ed believes Rowland has artistic talent, but as a painter is prey to self doubt. She often poses for him. He also draw her so often she ignores him when he does so.

They first meet at Ashton in 1927. He noticed her immediately and noticed little else after that. Their association had not started well but Edna captivated and mystified him.

She initially seemed to find him ridiculous and a bit trivial, or at least left him feeling that way. However despite these intial misgivings Edna came to like Rowland Sinclair, as he surprised her with his willingness to absorb the ways of her world, his interest in her politics, her friends and her causes. She knows that Rowland is in love with her on some level but he has never asked for his feelings to be returned and always called her Ed, like a mate, which she likes. To her the relationship is clear. They are best friends who will storm the world together with their art and ideas.

Ed had also introduced Rowland to her circles, artists and intellectuals who fraternised across the class lines that segregated polite society from the rest. In time Rowland was accepted among them and forgiven for the absurd opulence of his background.

Media Edit

On the 2nd Edition Cover of A Few Right Thinking Men

Edna On the 2nd Edition Cover of A Few Right Thinking Men

Edna From Behind on the 1st Edition Cover of A Decline in Prophets

Edna From Behind on the 1st Edition Cover of A Decline in Prophets

On the cover of the 2nd Edition of A Decline in Prophets

Edna Higgins in front of the New York Skyline declining one of her many lovers On the cover of the 2nd Edition of A Decline in Prophets

On the 1st Edition Cover of Miles off Course

Edna in Country NSW On the 1st Edition Cover of Miles off Course

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Miles off Course

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Miles Off Course

On the 1st Edition Cover of Paving the New Road

On the 1st Edition Cover of Paving the New Road

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Paving the New Road

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Paving the New Road

On the 1st Edition Cover of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

On the 1st Edition Cover of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

On the 2nd Edition Cover of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

On the 2nd Edition Cover of A Murder Unmentioned

On the 2nd Edition Cover of A Murder Unmentioned

Etymology Edit

Behind the Scenes Edit

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