Australian biographers

Posted May 5, 2011
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  1. Colleen McCullough

    Colleen McCullough


    Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO (married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937 – 29 January 2015) was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

  2. Penne Hackforth-Jones

    Penne Hackforth-Jones


    Penne Hackforth-Jones (5 August 1949 – 17 May 2013) was an United States-born Australian actress and biographer.

  3. Graeme Blundell

    Graeme Blundell


    Graeme Blundell (born 7 August 1945) is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer and biographer.

  4. Nancy Cato

    Nancy Cato


    Nancy Fotheringham Cato AM (11 March 1917 – 3 July 2000) was an Australian writer who published more than twenty historical novels, biographies and volumes of poetry. Cato is also known for her work campaigning on environmental and conservation issues.

  5. Peter FitzSimons

    Peter FitzSimons


    Peter John FitzSimons AM (born 29 June 1961, Wahroonga, New South Wales) is an Australian journalist and author, based in Sydney. He is a former radio presenter and national representative rugby union player.

  6. Pru Goward

    Pru Goward


    Prudence Jane Goward MP (born 2 September 1952 in Adelaide), an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Assistant Minister for Health since April 2015, and the Minister for Women since 2011, in the second Baird government. Goward is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Goulburn for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2007. She has previously served as the Minister for Planning during 2014 and 2015, and the Minister for Community Services between 2011 and 2014, in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments.

  7. Margot Hilton

    Margot Hilton


    Margot Hilton (born 1947) is an Australian author.

  8. Bobbi Sykes

    Bobbi Sykes


    Roberta "Bobbi" Sykes (16 August 1943 – 14 November 2010) was an Australian poet and author. She was a lifelong campaigner for indigenous land rights, as well as human rights and women's rights.

  9. Vance and Nettie Palmer

    Vance and Nettie Palmer


    Vance and Netty Palmer may refer to:

  10. Hazel Rowley

    Hazel Rowley


    Hazel Joan Rowley (16 November 1951 – 1 March 2011) was a British-born Australian author and biographer.

  11. John Bryson

    John Bryson


    John Bryson AM (born 25 December 1935 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian author and former lawyer. He has authored works of fiction, biography and non-fiction.

  12. Blanche d'Alpuget

    Blanche d'Alpuget


    Josephine Blanche d'Alpuget (born 3 January 1944) is an Australian writer and the second wife of the longest-serving Australian Labor Party Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.

  13. Dymphna Cusack

    Dymphna Cusack


    Ellen Dymphna Cusack AM (21 September 1902 – 19 October 1981) was an Australian author.

  14. Chris Masters (writer)

    Chris Masters (writer)


    Christopher "Chris" Wayne Masters PSM (born 4 December 1948 in Grafton, New South Wales) is a multi-Walkley Award winning and Logie Award winning Australian journalist and author.

  15. Don Talbot

    Don Talbot


    Charles Donald "Don" Talbot (born 1933) is an author based in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

  16. Maie Casey, Baroness Casey

    Maie Casey, Baroness Casey


    Ethel Marian Sumner "Maie" Casey, Baroness Casey AC, FRSA (née Ryan; 13 March 1892 – 20 January 1983) was an Australian pioneer aviator, poet, librettist, biographer, memoirist and artist. Richard Casey was her husband.

  17. Marjorie Barnard

    Marjorie Barnard


    Marjorie Faith Barnard AO (16 August 1897 – 8 May 1987) was an Australian novelist and short story writer, critic, historian - and librarian. She went to school and university in Sydney, and then trained as a librarian. She was employed as a librarian for two periods in her life (1923–1935 and 1942–1950), but her main passion was writing.

  18. Christopher Clark

    Christopher Clark


    Sir Christopher Munro "Chris" Clark (born 14 March 1960) is an Australian historian working in England. He is the twenty-second Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge. In 2015 he was knighted for his services to Anglo-German relations.

  19. Malcolm Henry Ellis

    Malcolm Henry Ellis


    Malcolm Henry Ellis, CMG (21 August 1890 – 18 January 1969) was an Australian journalist, historian, critic, reviewer and staunch anti-communist.

  20. Geoffrey Serle

    Geoffrey Serle


    Alan Geoffrey Serle AOFAHAFASSA (10 March 1922 – 27 April 1998), known as Geoff, was an Australian historian, who is best known for his books on the colony of Victoria; The Golden Age (1963) and The Rush to be Rich (1971) and his biographies of John Monash, John Curtin and Robin Boyd.

  21. Jackie Huggins

    Jackie Huggins


    Jacqueline Gail "Jackie" Huggins AM, FAHA (born 19 August 1956) is an Indigenous Australian author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples. She is the Deputy Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland and a Spokesperson for Recognise.

  22. John Vincent Barry

    John Vincent Barry


    Sir John Vincent William Barry KC (13 June 1903 – 8 November 1969) was an Australian justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and an expert in criminology. Born the eldest child of William Edward Barry and Sarah Lena Jeanette, née Keene in Albury, New South Wales, Barry was educated in St Patrick's College, a small convent school in Goulburn. In 1921, he finished his tertiary education in the University of Melbourne. After being articled to the legal firm, Luke Murphy and Company, in 1921, Barry qualified as a lawyer in 1923, as a result of graduation from the articled clerks' course.

  23. Geoffrey Dutton

    Geoffrey Dutton


    Geoffrey Piers Henry Dutton AO (2 August 1922 – 17 September 1998) was an Australian author and historian.

  24. Clive Turnbull

    Clive Turnbull


    Stanley Clive Perry Turnbull (22 December 1906 – 25 May 1975) was an Australian author and journalist.

  25. Gordon Neil Stewart

    Gordon Neil Stewart


    Gordon Neil Stewart (25 June 1912 – 15 February 1999) was an Australian writer. Stewart was born in Melbourne into a wealthy Australian family with pastoral interests in the Bathurst district of New South Wales. He was a great grandson of Major General William Stewart (1769–1854) Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales from 1825 to 1827. Stewart received a spasmodic education at The Scots College, Sydney due to his parents' frequent travels, but developed a love of reading from long holidays spent in the library of his uncle's house (Abercrombie House) in Bathurst. The family moved to Paris when Stewart was in his late teens. He attended an English language school and then studied art. With other members of his family now based in England, Stewart settled in London where he worked from time to time as a journalist and became involved in radical politics. He mixed in literary circles and met Pamela Hansford Johnson and Dylan Thomas. He is said to have been banished from the poetry circle of Victor Neuburg, known for his occult interests, for making jokes about 'yogis and bogeys'. In 1936 he married the novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson (1s 1941, 1d 1944) with whom he collaborated on two thrillers under the name Nap Lombard. When the Second World War broke out he joined the British army and served as an officer in the artillery in India and Burma. After his divorce from Pamela Hansford Johnson, Stewart married Doreen Ellen Coulling in 1950 (1d 1952). Stewart returned to Australia in 1955 and worked in Sydney as a journalist for the mining and construction industry. He retired to Bathurst in 1983 where he died on 15 February 1999.

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