1924 - 2010
- Pat was born in Dunedin and was educated at Masterton. She attended Victoria University in Wellington, the University of Auckland and the Auckland Teachers' Training College. In 1940, she became one of the first New Zealand students to be awarded a scholarship to the Old Vic Theatre Centre in London, where she studied directing. She then worked as an assistant director at the Young Vic, before returning to New Zealand where she worked as a freelance director and actor at the Downstage Theatre in Wellington.
In 1971, Pat starred in the television drama serial 'Pukemanu' as storekeeper Phyllis Telford, a role written specially for her by series creator Julian Dickon. In her 1998 autobiography 'Happy Days in Muckle Flugga', she stated that the role as Mrs Telford changed her life and she was thereafter recognised throughout New Zealand as "Mrs Pukemanu".
She is probably best-known for her roles in Australian television, such as Jessie Windom in 'Prisoner' and Violet Carnegie in 'The Flying Doctors'.
Pat was awarded an OBE in 1980 for her services to the theatre, and was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1993 New Year's Honours for services to acting.
In the 10 years prior to her death, Pat had suffered from cancer, diabetes, minor strokes and arthritis.
- [S00016] J. Goldie-Anderson
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