Brenda Niall Brenda Niall i(A14626 works by) (birth name: Brenda Mary Niall)
Also writes as: Elinor Doyle
Born: Established: 1930 St Kilda, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Brenda Niall's schooling was at Genezzano in Kew, Victoria. After obtaining her B.A. at the University of Melbourne, Niall transferred to the ANU, where she gained her M.A. In 1964 she was appointed as a teaching fellow in the English Department at Monash University and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1975 and Reader in 1994. At Monash she also completed her PhD. Dr Niall has held visiting fellowships at Michigan and Yale Universities. She was American Council of Learned Societies Visiting Research Fellow in 1975 and Visiting Scholar, Humanities Research Centre at the ANU in 1983 and 1987.

Dr Niall retired from her position as Reader in English Literature at Monash University in 1995. Her research interests are in the fields of Australian Literature (in particular Martin Boyd, Ethel Turner, Mary Grant Bruce (qq.v.) and children's literature), Australian History (Georgiana McCrae (q.v.) and the Boyd family) and American Literature (in particular Edith Wharton).

In 2004 Dr Niall was made an Officer of the Order of Australia to acknowledge her services to Australian Literature. In October 2005 Monash University awarded her the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.

Dr Niall is the sister of Frances O'Neill and aunt of Kate Ryan and Jake Niall.

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Personal Awards

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Mannix 2015 single work biography

'Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 until his death, aged ninety-nine, in 1963, was a towering figure in Melbourne's Catholic community. But his political interventions had a profound effect on the wider Australian nation too.

'Award-winning biographer Brenda Niall has made some unexpected discoveries in Irish and Australian archives which overturn some widely held views. She also draws on her own memories of meeting and interviewing Mannix to get to the essence of this man of contradictions, controversies and mystery.

'Mannix is not only an astonishing new look at a remarkable life, but a fascinating depiction of Melbourne in the first half last century.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Australia Book Prize
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-Fiction
2016 winner National Biography Award
2016 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2016 shortlisted ASAL Awards The Australian Historical Association Awards Magarey Medal for Biography
2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2015 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
True North : The Story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack 2012 single work biography 'Growing up in suburban Perth in the 1920s, the two Durack girls were fascinated by tales of the pioneering past of their father and grandfather overlanding from Queensland in the 1880s and setting up four vast cattle stations in the remote north. A year spent together on the stations in their early twenties ignited in the sisters a lifelong love of the Kimberley, along with a growing unease about the situation of the Aboriginal people employed there. Through war, love affairs, children and eventual old age, the Duracks continued to write and paint - their closely intertwined creative lives always shaped by the enduring power of the Kimberley region. With unprecedented access to hundreds of private family letters, unpublished memoirs, diaries and family papers, Brenda Niall gets to the heart of a uniquely Australian story that spans the twentieth century.' Source: http://textpublishing.com.au/ (Sighted 28/03/2012).
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards WA History
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Biography of the Year
2012 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's History Prize Australian History Prize
The Riddle of Father Hackett : A Life in Ireland and Australia 2009 single work biography

'In 1922, at the height of Ireland's tragic civil war, Irish Jesuit William Hackett was transferred to Australia by his order. Assigned to a minor teaching post, this seemingly unremarkable newcomer caused no stir.

'Yet Father Hackett had been close to the centre of the provisional Irish Republic's struggle for independence from Britain; part of the network of Irish nationalists who carried intelligence, ministered to republican troops, spoke on republican platforms, and helped to publicise British injustices and atrocities in Ireland. Now, he was effectively an exile.

'Leading Australian biographer Brenda Niall tells the story of this remarkable priest, in both its Irish and Australian chapters. Cut off from his compatriots, without news of his friends, Hackett sought out Daniel Mannix, the formidable Archbishop of Melbourne, famous for his Irish republican stance and his opposition to conscription. The enduring friendship that followed drew Hackett into Australian cultural and political life, and eventually into the central political controversy of 1950s Australia - the Catholic Church's covert partnership with anti-communist leaders of the labor movement.

'An absorbing narrative and a subtle character study, The Riddle of Father Hackett is based on archives in Ireland and Australia, including Hackett's personal correspondence with Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Erskine Childers, Daniel Mannix and BA Santamaria.' (From the publisher's website)

2010 shortlisted ASAL Awards The Australian Historical Association Awards Magarey Medal for Biography
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