Dr Catherine Layton is a retired academic. She taught French and worked on social justice projects in education, employment and access to services. She was a Head of School and a Sub-Dean (Learning and Teaching) at Charles Sturt University, Australia, before her last position in academic development at the University of Wollongong. Her publications are primarily in the field of adult learning, with the most recent addressing teaching police about vulnerability and assisting academics in developing teaching excellence award applications. Her latest article, on the impact of housing policies in the mid- to late-twentieth century on one artist’s life and identity, reflects her passion for family history that incorporates the dynamics of political and social inequality. This re-evaluation of the life and circumstances of a once notorious Duchess is her first book.