2019 Competition entries due by 22 August

About Elyne

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award commemorates Elyne’s life and work, and hopes to encourage individuals all over Australasia to write their stories and send them in.

Elyne-and-TomElyne was born in 1913 in Melbourne.  In 1935, she married Tom Mitchell, a barrister and later parliamentarian, and lived at Towong Hill, 10km from Corryong.

Elyne-Skiing-in-Canada

 

Elyne was a keen sportswoman. She enjoyed skiing, perhaps most of all.

 

Although she is remembered particularly for the Silver Brumby series of children’s books, she wrote other novels and non-fiction relating to the Snowy Mountains and family and military history.

The-Silver-Brumby

 

Although interested in all facets of nature and particularly the Upper Murray region, Elyne had a soft spot for the Azure Kingfisher. She would often float in the lagoon, hoping that the kingfishers might forget she was there and she would catch a glimpse.

Elyne-having-a-cuppa

 

Elyne had a soft spot for New Zealand and paid tribute to the country in her memoir Chauvel Country:

‘It was New Zealand and New Zealand that had given me the start of my enjoyment of skiing, and now they gave me something else.  I was already a member of the Ruapehu Ski Club and I came second in the club girls’ slalom.  The prize was a copy of Geoffrey Winthrop Young’s On High Hills, his book about all his magnificent mountain climbs before he lost a leg as an unarmed stretcher-bearer in the First World War.  Not only did this book increase my awareness of all the mountain world, which I had already found profoundly beautiful, but it awakened an ever-growing insight, and transported me with delight.’

 

Elyne received a number of awards including:

  • an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Charles Sturt University (1993);
  • Order of Australia Medal for services to literature (1990);
  • Children’s Book Council awards (1959-1968).

In 2001 the Corryong Branch of the Upper Murray Regional Library was renamed The Elyne Mitchell Public Library and a permanent display of her work can be viewed there.

 

EMWR 5 copy

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