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Pamela Burton Pamela Burton i(A50879 works by)
Born: Established: 1946 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ;
Gender: Female
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'Pamela Burton, lawyer and author, was born and brought up in Canberra. Apart from working holidays in London in 1964 and 1970, Pamela has lived her life in the Canberra and the Bungendore district. After studying law at the Australian National University she worked on a range of cases involving environmental and social justice issues and has been involved in various government tribunals and committees. She was one of the first women to establish a legal firm in Canberra, following Mrs Bruna Romano and Margaret Elizabeth Reid. In 2010 Burton's biography of the first woman high court justice, Mary Gaudron, was published.' (Source : Trove : Australian Women's Register)

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y separately published work icon A Foreign Affair Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2016 9528987 2016 single work novel crime

'With sharp satire and fierce feminism, Pamela Burton’s years of legal practice are put to devastating use in this interrogation of a murder mystery, and the rollicking incompetence of ASIO super sleuths. The stench of rot from Operation Fishnet and its web of corrupt and greedy men, with an eye to illegal immigration and boatloads of contraband, unravels in a fascinating courtroom drama. A Foreign Affair, with its intricate knowledge of a spy operation in disarray, and the petty foolishness of the men in power, feels like the ultimate Canberra insider’s revenge, with a feminist twist in the knife!' - Virginia Haussegger AM (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon The Waterlow Killings : A Portrait of a Family Tragedy Carlton : Melbourne University Publishing , 2012 Z1895907 2012 single work biography

'Anthony Waterlow left his decrepit room in a run-down boarding house at 4.45 p.m on Monday 9 November 2009. By 6 p.m, the 42-year-old was seen leaving another home: his sister Chloe's in Randwick. He left behind her slaughtered body and that of their father; celebrated art curator Nick Waterlow. The pair had been stabbed multiple times, in front of Chloe's three young children. The Waterlow Killings delves beneath the public face of a successful and affluent family, to reveal private suffering that even their closest friends could not have guessed. The story takes us deep into the world of musical, literary and visual artists who defy conventionality, push boundaries and become international celebrities. But behind that apparently glamorous life of the Waterlows; with British aristocratic blood lines and Nick's art world fame; lay a story of love, despair and torment. (Publisher's blurb)

2013 winner Davitt Award Best True Crime Book
y separately published work icon From Moree to Mabo : The Biography of Mary Gaudron Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2010 Z1706164 2010 single work biography

'From Moree to Mabo is the remarkable story of Mary Gaudron QC, the first female justice of the High Court of Australia.

From her formative years spent in a NSW country town to being appointed the first female justice of the High Court of Australia (1987) author Pamela Burton conveys the extraordinary life of one of our most colourful High Court judges.

In a groundbreaking career, Mary Gaudron passionately championed gender equality and indigenous rights, ruling on landmark decisions such as Mabo and Wik. She also appeared in the Equal Pay case for the Whitlam Government.

With a Foreword by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, From Moree to Mabo: The Mary Gaudron Story paints a compelling portrait of a dynamic woman and her extensive contributions to the Australian legal system.' (Publisher's blurb)

2012 longlisted National Biography Award
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