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Margaret Balderson Margaret Balderson i(A41420 works by)
Born: Established: 1935 Concord, Drummoyne - Concord area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Margaret Balderson was born in Sydney. She attended Fort Street Girls High School and, after leaving, worked as a public librarian for ten years.

During the 1960s, she worked in Norway for two years, a residence that inspired her first novel, When Jays Fly to Barbmo (1968). On her return to Australia, she resumed library work in Sydney, then was the resident house-mistress and librarian at Frensham School, Mittagong, NSW. It was at Frensham that she began to write When Jays Fly to Barbmo.

Set in Norway, this story of a young girl growing up is an early example of the adolescent novel in Australia. The novel was well received, winning the Book of the Year Award of the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her next book, A Dog Called George (1975), is for younger readers. The story of an introverted boy released from shyness by an Old English sheepdog, A Dog Called George was nominated for several awards. After writing the picture book Blue and Gold Day (1979), Balderson maintained a long silence. But, after collaborating with several co-volunteers from a dingo sanctuary, she completed Sea Bird (2002), a story inspired by several key words provided by each contributor.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

A Dog Called George 1975 single work children's fiction children's Tony is a lonely and insecure boy until he meets George, an old English sheep-dog, and discovers new friends and new interests.
1976 winner Writers' Award
1976 highly commended Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
When Jays Fly to Barbmo 1968 single work novel young adult

The story of Ingeborg, a young Norwegian girl, who lives on a farm on the remote island of Draugoy, in the north. The Germans are beginning their invasion of Norway.

1969 runner up International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
1969 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
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