Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude) (1893-1990)

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Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
Walker, Ellinor Gertrude
Walker, Ellinor Gertrude, (OBE) (1893-1990)
Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893-1990)
Field of activity
Poet; Educator; Women's Rights Activist; Kindergarten Teacher; women’s rights activist
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35942276
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-586965

Biographies

Ellinor Gertrude Walker (1893-1990), kindergarten teacher and women’s rights activist, was born on 9 April 1893 at South Yarra, Melbourne, daughter of Melbourne-born Arthur Walker, bank inspector,...

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Daughter of Arthur Walker and his wife Frances (née Sinclair), Ellinor Walker was born in Melbourne, Victoria and moved to Adelaide, South Australia when she was nine years old. She attended the Wilderness School, and was awarded the Tennyson Medal for English at the age of fifteen. Walker graduated as a kindergarten teacher, and spent two years as Director of the Halifax St Free Kindergarten. She then opened the Greenways School at her family home in Fullarton, and directed this for 24 years. At the age of eighteen she and a friend formed a Girls' Club to study political matters, and this led to her joining, at the age of 21, the Non-Party Association. She was an active member of this for 65 years, and when (as the League of Women Voters, which it had become) it voluntarily ended in 1979, she gave the valedictory speech. She was a passionate supporter of the League of Nations and the movement to maintain world peace. In 1940, with the help of Roma Mitchell (later Governor of South Australia) she drew up the Bill which became the Guardianship of Infants Act, No. 55 (1940), giving mothers equal rights with fathers over their children. In 1962 and 1963 she organised an Australia-wide campaign which resulted in recognition of the needs of civilian widows with dependent children. She was a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). In 1964 she helped form the Local Government Women's Association, and in 1971 was president of the Women's Christian Temperance League, of which she had been a member since 1935. Walker wrote several historical pageants and she also wrote a monologue, 'The Story of the Franchise: How Women Won the Vote in SA' (1944) for the Golden Jubilee of Women's Suffrage. Her poem 'Lullaby' was set to music by Ruby R McCulloch, and is held in the Mortlock Library. Ellinor Walker was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 12 June 1971 for her service to the community.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Walker, Ellinor Gertrude
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. South Australian Creative Writers - Women Writers
    State Library of South Australia and Flinders University
    Published: State Library of South Australia
  3. Fresh evidence, new witnesses : finding women's history
    Allen, Margaret (Margaret Ellen), 1947- ; Hutchison, Mary and Mackinnon, Alison, 1942-
    [Netley, SA]
    Published: South Australian Government Printer
  4. In her own name : women in South Australian history
    Jones, Helen, 1926-
    [Netley, SA]
    Published: Wakefield Press
  5. List of holidays
    [0.05 m : c. 1969]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    List of holidays Ellinor Walker took with a companion 1954-1969. Written on reverse side of entrance ticket to a League of Women Voters and Status of Women entertainment.
    PRG 1019/13
  6. Letters, invitation and postcards
    [0.02 m : c. 1900 - 1987]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Letters and a postcard written to Ellinor Walker and an invitation to a party sent from Ellinor and Lawrence Walker. Also includes five blank art postcards that belonged to her, five coloured art prints on literary themes, three pages from the Dickens Calendar for 1912 and an image of Mt. Blanc viewed from Geneva.
    PRG 1019/9
  7. Typescripts of Ellinor Walker
    [0.01 m : 1934 - 1944]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Articles about women's suffrage and a short story.
    PRG 1019/5
  8. Interview with Ellinor Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Anne Geddes
    [5 cassette tapes : 7 June 1983 - 25 July 1983]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    4 hours 19 minutes Interviewer's summary: Miss Walker lived in South Australia most of her life, was a trained kindergarten teacher, knew Miss Lillian de Lissa, ran her own kindergarten, Greenways, from 1921-1944. All her life she belonged to, helped organise and was active in women's organisations such as the League of Women Voters. She published a book of poetry.
    PRG 727/2/1
  9. Radio interview with Ellinor Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Janet Robertson
    [1 cassette tape : 3 December 1972]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    19 minutes
    OH 561/20
  10. Autobiographical notes
    [0.05 m ]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    PRG 1019/8/1 Account of her life. PRG 1019/8/2 List of her chief writings, under topic headings: Articles and Editing; Short Stories; Verses; Pageants; Drama.
    PRG 1019/8
  11. Copyright certificates
    [0.05 m : 1933 - 1947]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Certificates registering E.G. Walker as the owner of copyright in 'The Springs of Power' (1933), 'The White Ribbon Pageant' (1935), 'The Silver Wings and other poems" (1939) and 'The Middle Way' (1947). Includes receipt relating to each application.
    PRG 1019/6
  12. Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Mary Hutchison
    [1 cassette tape : 1981]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    1 hour Ellinor Walker joined the Women's Non-Party Political Association in 1914 at the age of 21. She speaks of her understanding of the Association's formation in 1909, her reasons for joining, the Association's objectives and rationale, and the special strengths and interests of 'the mother half of the race'. (Although Miss Walker does not speak of Edith Hubbe, the WN-PPA was one of Mrs Hubbe's interests during the 1920s.)
    OH 3/4
  13. Juvenile writings
    [0.06 m : c. 1905 - 1910]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Plays and stories written by Ellinor Walker. PRG 1019/1/1 Play 'A Rose that lost her Thorns', in three acts. 1906. PRG 1019/1/2 Story: 'And a Little Child shall lead Them'. 16 December 1906. PRG 1019/1/3 Story: [No title]. Note by the author. Nonsense story written about 1908. To while away a wet afternoon Lois Templer and I vied as to who could write the best 'blood and thunderer' [In the back of volume with item 2 at front]. PRG 1019/1/4 Dialogue: 'Cousins', ca.1906. PRG 1019/1/5 Dialogue: 'A Modern Pupil'. 1906. PRG 1019/1/6 Dialogue: 'Holiday Lessons'. 18 May 1907. PRG 1019/1/7 Dialogue: [No title]. 23 May 1907. PRG 1019/1/8 Sketch for Recitation: 'Doris's Plan'. 29 December 1907. [In the back of volume with item 7 at front]. PRG 1019/1/9 Story: 'The Vanity of Phoebe May'. 16 June 1907. PRG 1019/1/10 Volume of poems and stories: 'By the Sea', poem 9 November 1908; 'Triolet', poem 10 November 1908; 'The Shattered Rose', poem. 'The Literary Microbe', transcription, 10 November 1907; 'What happened to Lois', story, 1907. PRG 1019/1/11 Play: 'Sylvia' ca.1907. PRG 1019/1/12 Play: 'Sylvia', December 1906. PRG 1019/1/13 Novel: 'Sir Wilfred"s Heir', first four chapters, ca.1907, with explanatory note by the author of much later date. PRG 1019/1/14 Play: 'Dick Whittington and his Cat', in four acts, December 1907. PRG 1019/1/15 Story: 'A Broken Dream', December 1908. PRG 1019/1/16 Story: 'Shadow-time' ca.1908. PRG 1019/1/17 Story: [Untitled, in French] written for French class with Madam Lion, ca.1910. PRG 1019/1/18 : Silver Lily Children's Club, begun March 8th, 1905.
    PRG 1019/1
  14. Ellinor Gertrude Walker : SUMMARY RECORD
    [0.25 m : c. 1860 - 1990]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Papers of Ellinor Gertrude Walker comprising juvenile writings, poetry, playscripts, papers relating to pageants, typescript articles and short story, copyright certificates, musical scores, autobiographical notes, citation, obituaries, photographs, letters. Also includes the Tennyson Medal for English 1908, two ambrotype photographs, details of the Silver Lily Book Club, booklet of sketches and poems, art prints, wooden box, small booklet and metal sleeve protector.
    PRG 1019
  15. Poetry
    [0.04 m : c. 1908 - c. 1952]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Manuscript poems, including a series entitled 'Poems of Friendship', and two volumes of poetry 'Verses written for Christmas' (1908) and 'The Silver Wing and other poems' published privately in 1939.
    PRG 1019/2
  16. Musical scores
    [0.05 m : 1915 - 1936]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Songs with words written by Ellinor Walker. PRG 1019/7/1 'Song of the Red Cross Corps', 1915, with music by Mrs Frances S. Walker OUTSIZE 7. PRG 1019/7/2 'Land of the Blue and Gold : A Song of South Australia' ca.1936, with music by Frances S. Walker (2 copies). Includes a word sheet with 'The March of the Women' and 'Land of the Blue and Gold'. OUTSIZE 7. PRG 1019/7/3 'Lullaby', n.d. with music by Ruby E. McCulloch. OUTSIZE 7.
    PRG 1019/7/1-3
  17. Papers relating to Pageants
    [0.04 m : 1933 - 1976]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Scripts and associated material for three pageants 'The Springs of Power' (1933), 'The White Ribbon Pageant' (1936) and 'Heritage' (1936).
    PRG 1019/4
  18. Photographs
    [0.01 m : c. 1860 - 1984]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Photographs of and relating to Nellie Walker.
    PRG 1019/11/1-14
  19. Play scripts for performance
    [0.06 m : c. 1915 - c. 1959]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    PRG 1019/3
  20. Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Beth M. Robertson
    [2 cassette tapes : 1979]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    1 hour 20 minutes Ellinor Walker was twenty one years old at the outbreak of the First World War and living in Adelaide's eastern suburbs. In 1916 she entered the Kindergarten Training College to begin her professional training. Miss Walker eloquently describes her feelings and attitudes towards the war - from outbreak to armistice - and how her involvement in the Women's Non-Party Political Association influenced and crystallized her opinions. She describes some of the Association's activities both during and after the war when, in conjunction with her Association membership, she became a passionate supporter of the League of Nations and the movement to maintain world peace.
    OH 31/5
  21. Newspaper cutting
    [0.05 m : 4 December 1939]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Cutting from 'The Advertiser', 4 December 1939, heading 'Women Voters' Successful Dinner'. See also Series 4, Items 3, 13 and 18 for newspaper cuttings contained in papers relating to pageants devised by Ellinor Walker.
    PRG 1019/10
  22. Obituaries
    [0.05 m : 7 November 1990]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Written by Elizabeth Guy after the death of Ellinor Walker on 7 November 1990 aged 97 years
    PRG 1019/14
  23. Citation for Life Membership
    [0.05 m : 17 May 1985]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Written by Elizabeth Guy, President of The Society of Women Writers (Australia), South Australian branch, for the occasion of the conferring of Life Membership on Ellinor Walker, 17 May 1985.
    PRG 1019/12
  24. Girls Social & Political Union : SUMMARY RECORD
    [0.05 m : 1914 - 1917]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    Records of the Girls Social and Political Union, South Australia, comprising minutes, annual report and card.
    SRG 513

Resources by Ellinor G. Walker (9)

  1. Radio interview with Ellinor Walker / Interviewer: Janet Robertson
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Sound : 1972 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library S Aust
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  2. Ellinor Gertrude Walker
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Unpublished : 1906-1990 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  3. Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker / Interviewer: Beth M. Robertson
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Sound : 1979 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53,630.754)

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  4. Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker / Interviewer: Mary Hutchison
    Walker, Ellinor Gertrude, 1893-1990
    [ Sound : 1981 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52,408.652)

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  5. Lullaby / words by Ellinor G. Walker ; music by Ruby E. McCulloch
    McCulloch, Ruby E
    [ Printed music : 1900-1919 ]
    View online
    At 2 libraries
    Lullaby / words by Ellinor G. Walker ; music by Ruby E. McCulloch
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  6. The silver wing and other poems / by Ellinor G. Walker
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Book : 1939 ]
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    At 10 libraries
    The silver wing and other poems / by Ellinor G. Walker
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  7. Song of the Red Cross Corps / words by Ellinor G. Walker ; music by Frances S. Walker
    Walker, Frances S
    [ Printed music : 1915 ]
    Possibly online
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48,532.41)

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  8. Verses / by Ellinor Gertrude Walker
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Book : 1908 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Verses / by Ellinor Gertrude Walker
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 48,395.918)

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  9. Heritage : a pageant of S.A. : Tivoli Theatre commencing September 23rd, 1936
    Walker, Ellinor G. (Ellinor Gertrude)
    [ Book : 1936 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  1. SONG CYCLE. "The Way of Youth."
    The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) Saturday 29 June 1912 p 3 Article
    ... ? Gertrude Walker. (Given at the Ljnc Club on ? Friday evening ... ' SONG CYCtE. 'The Way ot Yonfli^ .-'.,'?. ; ^ Music by Mre. F. S. Walker, : ' Words by HUafflr ... 741 words
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  2. Family Notices
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Wednesday 25 August 1954 p 40 Family Notices
    ... , Westmead, beloved son of late Capt. and Mrs. G. J. Jackson, and brother of Herbert, Gertrude, Amy (Mrs ... of Dorothy Ellen, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Duncan, of Kogarah to Rex Ed-mund, youngest son of ... 10398 words
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  3. Family Notices
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Friday 15 September 1939 p 12 Family Notices
    ... engagement is announced ol Dulcie. youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs. G Collins, of Saddleworth, to Ernest ... St. Peters. LAWSON—ABBOTT.—The engagement Is announced of Gertrude Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. and ... 3336 words
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  1. RESIGNATIONS. DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND OF JUSTICE.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Wednesday 16 October 1907 [Issue No.135 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 5831

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... , has been pleased to accept the resignation of Mr. F. T. G\ Vaughan, Attendant in the Public Library of ... New South Wales, as from the 8th September, 1907. C. G. WADE. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. HIS ... 1025 words
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  2. Index page
    New South Wales Police Gazette and Weekly Record of Crime (Sydney : 1860 - 1930) Tuesday 31 December 1912 [INDEX Jan 1912-Dec 1912] p 28

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    ... counterfeit coins to G. H. Vaughan and Richard Pratten, 142 Man wanted for stealing a bicycle, the property of ... Cabbagetree Point, 105 Manly — Woman, supposed name Ellinor Schulze, < drowned from s.s. “Bur raba,” 383 Mann ... 1324 words
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  3. Index page
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 30 June 1933 [INDEX Apr 1933-Jun 1933] p xv

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    ... . G., 1321; Jenkins, Ellinor M. W., 1421; Jamieson, Alfreda, 1469; Jones, E. L., 1726; Jenkins, D. J ... , Fiederick, 1578; Williams, G. H., 1578; Williams, J. H., 1578; Wiseman, Gertrude X., 1579; Wood, Annie, 1579 ... 2394 words
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  1. The story of the franchise : how women won the vote in South Australia / by Ellinor G. Walker
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  2. Heritage : a pageant of S.A. : [theatre program], 1936, Tivoli Theatre
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  3. The springs of power (a short pageant-play of the Womens Movement) : [theatre program], Australian Federation of Women Voters
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    [ Book : 1933 ]
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Ellinor Gertrude Walker, first president of the Australian Local Government Women's Association, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  2. Papers of David William Cox
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  1. Interview with Elizabeth Furner / Interviewer: June Donovan
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    [ Sound : 1994 ]
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  1. APPLICATIONS FOR PROBATE
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  2. AUBURN
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  3. BILLS OF SALE REGISTERED AT THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT
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  4. RENEWALS OF BILLS OF SALE
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  1. The Lyceum Club Melbourne
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