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Ruby Lindsay

Ruby Lindsay
Ruby Lindsay portrait photograph (cropped).jpg
Born(1885-03-20)March 20, 1885
Creswick, Victoria, Australia
DiedMarch 12, 1919(1919-03-12) (aged 33)
London, United Kingdom
EducationNational Gallery of Victoria
Known forIllustration, Painting
William Henry Dyson (m. 1909)

Ruby Lindsay (20 March 1885 – 12 March 1919)[1] was an Australian illustrator and painter, sister of Norman Lindsay and Percy Lindsay.


Lindsay was born in Creswick, Victoria,[1] the seventh child and second daughter of Robert and Jane Lindsay, and lived in Melbourne from the age of 16 with her brother Percy while studying at the National Gallery of Victoria School.

Lindsay drew occasionally for The Bulletin and illustrated William Moore's Studio Sketches (1906) and designed posters. On 30 September 1909 she married Will Dyson.[2]

As an illustrator she went by several names; signing her work as 'Ruby Lyne', Ruby Lyn', 'Ruby lind', and once as 'Ruby Ramsbottom'.[3]

In 1912, she contributed illustrations to the book Epigrams of Eve by child welfare advocate and journalist Sophie Irene Loeb. After World War I she visited relations in Ireland and died during the Spanish flu pandemic. Lindsay is buried in the same grave as her husband in Hendon Cemetery, London. Her name on the headstone is shown as "Ruby Lind".[4]



  1. ^ a b Smith, Bernard. "Lindsay, Ruby (1885–1919)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Artistic Families". Herald (Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954). 1 October 1909. p. 1. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ Connory, Jane (16 January 2019). "Hidden women of history: Ruby Lindsay, one of Australia's first female graphic designers". The Conversation. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ "William Henry Dyson". Find A Grave. Retrieved 28 September 2017.

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