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Myra Morris Myra Morris i(A36363 works by) (a.k.a. Myra Evelyn Sydenham Morris; Myra Evelyn Morris)
Born: Established: 15 May 1893 Boort, Wedderburn - Boort - Pyramid Hill area, North West Victoria, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 18 Aug 1966 Frankston, Frankston area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Female
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Myra Morris was born in Boort in the Victorian Mallee country, one of a large family, and was educated at the Brigidine Convent, Rochester. She spent most of her life in small Victorian country towns, and these form the backdrop to much of her fiction. She began publishing poetry during WWI, and produced England and Other Verses in 1918. Her early work tended towards the patriotic and pastoral. A prolific author, she contributed poetry, serials and short stories, including children's fiction, to many Australian publications, notably The Bulletin and The Australian Woman's Mirror. Her own publications included volumes of verse, novels, and short stories. Her work is included in the anthologies, At Home and Next Door: Australian and New Zealand Stories (1955) and The Little Track and Other Verses (1922), and some of her poems have been set to music. A selection of her prose appeared in The Township (1947). She wrote the introduction to Selected Poems of Capel Boake (1949); Capel Boake was the pseudonym of Morris' best friend Doris Kerr.

Myra Morris also wrote Australian Landscape (1944). She studied art for two years under Alexander Colquhoun and was a gifted woodcarver.

Most Referenced Works


  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Myra Evelyn Morris, (1893-1966).
  • See also Bernice May's article on Morris in The Australian Woman's Mirror, 19 July 1927. May claims that the 'real' Morris appeared when she began to publish her 'sea-verses', comprising 'stirring chanties and sea-songs'. The article also includes a portrait photograph.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Wind on the Water London : Thornton Butterworth , 1938 Z40097 1938 single work novel Widowed Fran marries a publican after World War II and moves herself and four-year-old daughter Mary to the small town of Brown's Town. Although she feels at home in the town on the edge of the Mallee, she struggles with her relationship with both her husband and her mother-in-law.
1935 highly commended S.H. Prior Memorial Prize

Known archival holdings

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