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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 retains her interest in the area and its history, being shortlisted for the Text Prize in 2018 for an historical children's novel on the practice of mummy parties. She won a Churchill Fellowship in 1994 to travel to Canada and study educational television at TVOntario. In 2006, she received the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship.

The author of three dozen children's books, picture books, and plays, she has won the Davitt Award and the Ethel Turner Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards) and been shortlisted for many more, with particular success for her 2014 novel The Ratcatcher's Daughter.

She is the mother of Allison Rushby.

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

2019 recipient ASA Mentorship
2018 shortlisted Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

For ' Hattie or a Thousand Miles up the Nile'.

2016 highly commended Scarlet Stiletto Awards Best Story with a Disabled Protagonist For 'Meryet and The Mystery of the Plundered Tomb'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle Newtown : Walker Books Australia , 2020 18936933 2020 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'A crumbling castle, a moat full of crocodiles, a catastrophe of kittens, and let's not forget the villains and the mummies! This rambunctious story has it all.

'It's England, 1873. When 12-year-old Hatshepsut (Hattie) Lambton's guardian is unfortunately eaten by a crocodile, Hattie is sent to live with hitherto unknown relatives: Great-uncle Sisyphus and Great-aunt Iphigenia, in their half-ruined castle in mysterious, mist-shrouded marshes. Hattie discovers Great-aunt Iphigenia is an Egyptologist who conducts Mummy Unwrapping Parties at the houses of wealthy clients. The Parties are managed by her two assistants, the sinister (and, to Hattie, highly suspect) Edgar and Edwina Raven. Soon, a problem arises. It has become illegal to export mummies from Egypt. The solution? To set out on a one-thousand-mile voyage up the Nile, to acquire - and illegally export - mummies for the Unwrapping Parties. There, Hattie makes a friend, Amal, who has problems of her own. Already, Hattie has had doubts about whether it is Right to destroy the bodies of ancient Egyptians. But there's no way the Ravens will allow the Unwrappings to be discontinued. They have a nice little racket set up. They threaten Hattie - and Great-uncle Sisyphus. Hattie knows they're serious. Dead serious. Back in England, Hattie finds herself on a desperate dash to a famous London museum, with a very special, heavily disguised Egyptian mummy in her arms. And the Ravens hot on her trail. Will her quest to preserve the mummy's eternal existence in the after-life be successful?'(Publication summary) 

2021 shortlisted Book Links Award for Historical Fiction
2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
y separately published work icon Princess Parsley Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2016 9462205 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Could there possibly be anything more absolutely, mega embarrassing than being called Parsley? You bet. After a disagreement with the local council, Parsleys dad decides to set up his own principality, making 12-year-old Parsley - Princess Parsley! How about that for making you popular in your first year of high school? But it's the way Parsley approaches being a princess that really causes a stir, and a lot of laughs.' (Publication summary)

2018 commended SWW Book Awards Children

Hilarie Lindsay Children's Books Award

y separately published work icon Lizzie and Margaret Rose Parkside : Omnibus Books , 2016 9174494 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)

2018 winner SWW Book Awards Children

Hilarie Lindsay Children's Book Award

2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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