Judith Durham: A Seeker who found international fame

Every Australian knows the lyrics to the Seeker's songs. Any international gathering will result in The Carnival is Over and Morningtown Ride, as well as Georgy Girl.

Perhaps Judith Durham’s other work – and there was a career in music and albums between 1963 and 2012 – isn’t quite as well-known, but she performed her entire life with the same dark,

Judith Mavis Cock was a daughter of William Cock DFC (a navigator and World War II Pathfinder) and Hazel Durham (nee Durham).

After attending Fahan School in Hobart where she was a close friend of actor Robyn NEVIN, she returned to Melbourne to attend Ruyton Girls’ School.

She wanted to be a pianist, so she obtained an Associate in Music, Australia degree (AMusA), in classical piano from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music,

and studied under Professor Ronald Farren Price, a concert pianist.

Durham began her professional career at a ballet school. When she was 18 years old, Durham began her singing career when she asked if she could join a jazz band. She soon realized that she could perform any kind of music,

She joined Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers in 1963 and adopted her mother’s maiden name, Durham, as her stage name. Her first EP, Judy Durham, was also recorded by Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers.

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Judith Durham

A Seeker who found international fame

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