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Eve Pownall Eve Pownall i(A24314 works by) (a.k.a. Marjorie Evelyn Pownall; E. P.)
Born: Established: 12 Jan 1901 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 15 Nov 1982
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Eve Pownall was born in Kings Cross, Sydney, and grew up in Kiama, Muswellbrook and Windsor (all in New South Wales) before returning to Sydney in 1914. She attended North Sydney Girls High School where she performed in dramatic productions and wrote for the school magazine. On leaving school she completed a secretarial course and worked for a number of firms, including Fox Films and M. G. M.

Through her own children, Pownall developed an interest in children's literature. Her earliest works were short stories, children's poetry and radio scripts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She was Children's Editor for Australasian Book News and is best-known for her historical writing. Books such as Exploring Australia (1958) and Mary of Maranoa (1959) were widely admired. She also wrote stories for pre-school children and scripts for radio broadcast as well as many non-fiction books for children. These include The Story of a Baby (1948), The World is Wide (1953), The Thirsty Land : Harnessing Australia's Water Resources (1967), They Live in Australia (1966), The Great South Land (1969), The Singing Wire : The Story of the Overland Telegraph (1973), Elements of Danger (1976) and Australia From the Beginning (1980).

Pownall was a founding member of the Children's Book Council of Australia (1945) and was associated with the Council for the rest of her life. Since 1993, the Children's Book Council has presented the Eve Pownall Award for Non-Fiction.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Exploring Australia London : Methuen , 1958 Z825942 1958 single work information book children's
1959 commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon The Australia Book Sydney : John Sands , 1952 Z836499 1952 single work information book children's
1952 winner CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon Cousins-Come-Lately : Adventures in Old Sydney Town Sydney : Shakespeare Head Press , 1952 Z830615 1952 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction
1952 highly commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
Lu Rees Archives (ACT)
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