Pamela Rushby Pamela Rushby i(A47738 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • 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).

Personal Awards

2016 highly commended Scarlet Stiletto Awards Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist For 'Meryet and The Mystery of the Plundered Tomb'.
2006 May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship
2006 Winner One Book Many Brisbanes Short story anthology competition.

Awards for Works

Lizzie and Margaret Rose 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'London, 1940. Bombs are falling and 10-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid, but her family home is destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, her aunt is ready to take her in, although her 11-year-old cousin Lizzie is not so sure. But first there is a long and dangerous voyage to a strange country, also at war. Margaret Rose knows it's not going to be easy, and Lizzie is not about to make it any easier.' (Publication summary)

2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut Crime Novel
2015 winner Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
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
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