Emmie Derbyshire

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Young Delia's drawing of "Mummy" from her Juvenile Papers

Emmie Derbyshire née Dawson[1] was Delia's mother, wife of Ted Derbyshire and very deeply catholic.[2]

Some say her given name was Emma[3] while others say it was Mary Amelia.[4]

She died in 1994.[5]


  1. Breege Brennan's thesis: The Early Years (1937-1962)
  2. Graham Harris, personal email.
  3. The 1970 newspaper article Morse code musician
  4. GB 133 BDD: John Rylands Library catalogue of Delia's Juvenile Papers.
  5. Clive Blackburn's About Delia