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Lydia Pender Lydia Pender i(A46857 works by) (a.k.a. Lydia Kathleen Pender; Lydia Podger Pender)
Born: Established: 29 Jun 1907 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: Nov 2005
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1920
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Lydia Pender was the daughter of George Herbert and Ethel Podger. She came to Australia with her parents and four brothers in 1920. They lived in Sydney and she went to St. Albans Church of England School, Hunters Hill, completing the Leaving Certificate. Pender won a scholarship to do a bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney but did not complete it.

Most Referenced Works


  • In addition to the works indexed by AustLit, CA lists the title, The Little Girl Who Lost Herself (published by Collins in 1981); however, this work has not been traced. The same title has been listed as forthcoming by WWAW.

    Sources: Contemporary Authors (Michigan: Gale, 1962-); Who's Who of Australian Women (North Ryde, NSW: Methuen, 1982).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Land and the Spirit : An Australian Alphabet Verse Sydney : Margaret Hamilton Books , 1992 Z913185 1992 single work picture book children's

'Alphabet picture book containing verses about Australia with wildlife illustrations.'

1993 Selected White Ravens
y separately published work icon The Useless Donkeys Sydney : Methuen Australia , 1979 Z846258 1979 single work picture book children's The Quigley children love their two loveable but troublesome pet donkeys, Garibaldi and Peccadillo, but Mr Quigley threatens to get rid of them because they are useless.
1980 commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Barnaby and the Rocket Sydney London : Collins , 1972 Z848509 1972 single work picture book children's Bonfire night is coming, so Barnaby who lives on a farm in Australia, empties his money box, and goes to the shop to buy sparklers for his sister, and a special rocket.
1973 commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
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