Born: Established: 24 Oct 1929 Melbourne Victoria ; Died: Ceased: 4 Nov 1984 Evandale Northern Midlands Midlands Tasmania
Writer and illustrator, Nairda Lyne was born with a mild form of spina bifida. As a child she contributed stories, verse and drawings to children's sections of newpapers in Melbourne and Sydney. Her father was Air Vice Marshall Adrian Cole, one of Australia's most decorated airmen. Her childhood was spent on a succession of RAAF bases including Laverton and Point Cook, so her early education was via correspondence.
Lynne trained at Swinburne College and the Victorian National Gallery and worked as an illustrator of children's books and designed and made greeting cards. Like many Australian children's book authors, she obtained her start through writing for Education Dpartment school magazines and contributed to newspapers and magazines including the Women's Weekly and Family Circle.
After Lyne's marriage and move to Tasmania in the 1950s, she wrote her first two books set on the farm where she raised her own family, Powranna.
The Nairda Lyne Award for a short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years is awarded by the Tasmanian Fellowship of Australian Writers.
Source: Reading Time April 1986 pp.15-16.