Pamela Rushby i(29 works by)
Born: Established: 1947 Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Pamela Rushby grew up and was educated in Ipswich, Queensland, apart from a period spent in Penang, Malaysia. She worked as an advertising copywriter, a publicity officer and a pre-school teacher. Rushby studied ancient history, journalism, art history, and writing and producing for television. As technology changed she also wrote and produced multimedia texts. In 1993 Rushby was awarded a Writers' Project Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council to travel to Egypt and Jordan and work on archaeological excavations to research a children's novel. She won a Churchill Fellowship in 1994 to travel to Canada and study educational television at TVOntario. She is the mother of Allison Rushby.
In 2012, she was living in Brisbane.


  • Pamela Rushby has also written school readers.

  • For information about this author's works for children not included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2004).

Awards for Works

The Ratcatcher's Daughter 2014 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'It's 1900. Thirteen-year-old Issy McKelvie leaves school and starts her first job - very reluctantly - as a maid in an undertaking establishment. She thinks this is about as low as you can go. But there's worse to come.

'Issy becomes an unwilling rat-catcher when the plague - the Black Death - arrives in Australia. Issy loathes both rats and her father's four yappy, snappy, hyperactive rat-killing terriers. But when her father becomes ill it's up to Issy to join the battle to rid the city of the plague-carrying rats.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 winner Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2015 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel
2014 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
The Horses Didn't Come Home 2012 single work children's fiction children's The last great cavalry charge in history took place at Beersheba in the Sinai Desert in 1917. It was Australian soldiers and horses that took part in, and won, this amazing, unexpected, unorthodox victory. The men proudly claimed it was their great-hearted horses that won the day. But in the end, the horses did not come home (Libraries Australia).
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
When the Hipchicks Went to War 2009 single work novel young adult

'The sixties are in full swing and going to a war is the last thing on Kathy's mind. For sixteen-year-old Kathy, it's all about miniskirts, the Beatles, discos and her fab new boots! The world is rapidly changing, her brother is fighting in the Vietnam War and her best friend is protesting against it. Kathy simply wants to live life and experience a world beyond her suburban existence. So when the chance comes for her to dance with an entertainment troupe in Vietnam, she slips on her boots, walks away from her convent school and heads off to war. But Kathy soon finds the reality of war is no song and dance. This go-go girl will never be the same again...'

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Sighted: 11/03/2010

2010 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
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