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Shelton Lea

Shelton Lea

Iconic Melbourne poet, Shelton Lea (1946-2005) was born Philip Anthony Roberts to 20 year Gwyneth Roberts at the Haven in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. At 13 months baby Philip was adopted by the famous Darrel Lea family and renamed Shelton Giles Kimball Lea. At age thirteen, Shelton Lea was locked up Turana, a detention centre and then sent to a boys home. After two stints in the notorious Pentridge Prison as a teenager, Shelton Lea became a poet. He published many collections of books and was mentored by Barrett Reid.