St Philips Anglican Church. O'Connor, 3 November 2021.
Ros Dalziell was a friend to many, a scholar, teacher, musician, and compassionate advocate and worker for the vulnerable. She was the wife of Ian, mother of Anastasia and Andrew, mother-in-law of Justin and Carisa, grandmother of Joël and Martijn, sister of Michael and Christopher.
Dr Dalziell held a PhD in Literature from the ANU, an M.A. in French from Oxford University and a DipEd in English as a second language from the University of Canberra. Most recently Dr Dalziell was a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. Previously she had been a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the ANU Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, convenor of the ANU National Institute for the Humanities and Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities/Cultural Inquiry. Ros taught literature at the ANU, the Australian Catholic University and Narrabundah College, as well as adult migrant English at CIT.
Among many publications on autobiography, colonial biography, faith and identity, Ros was the author of Shameful Autobiographies: Shame in Australian Autobiography and Culture (Melbourne University Press 1999) and essays in the series Violence, Desire and the Sacred (Bloomsbury, 2014 & 2015).
Dr Dalziell loved music and was an accomplished pianist, with an AMusA in piano.
Ros was convenor of the Faith Based Working Group of the Canberra Refugee Action Committee a member of the Australian Girard Seminar and a contributor to its international counterpart the Colloquium on Violence & Religion. Many of us vividly remember Ros's Refugee Week address to us at St Philip's.