Judith's "leopard skin" hat was famous on the folk scene!
Born in Lancashire,
England, 1934. Died in Adelaide, South Australia, 2014.
left England in the 1960s and came to Australia as a young woman seeking
to establish a new life. Settling in Adelaide, she quickly became an
identity on the folk scene.
associated with the Folk Federation of South Australia from its earliest days,
and she was one of the people whose hard work and vision got the South
Australian State Folk Festivals going at the end of the 1970s. In particular,
she was an advocate for the songwriting competition that ran at the Festivals, encouraging people to write new works about South Australia’s
history, people and places.
songwriter herself, Judith motivated many people to write who otherwise
might not have. Through her long association with the South Australian Folk
Federation, and SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association), she
encouraged many writers and performers, and championed traditional and new
music across folk, blues and roots.
At the age of 66,
Judith recorded Bluegum and Ironbark, an album that preserves a
selection of her best songs, many inspired by the history and landscape of
When she passed
away, Judith left a small legacy that enabled a songwriting competition to be
established through the Fleurieu Folk Festival.
The Judith Crossley
Memorial Songwriting Award continues the work Judith was passionate about
during her lifetime – encouraging people to write and sing songs about the
things that are important to them.