Durack, Mary Gertrude, (Dame) (1913-1994)

Also known as
Durack, Mary, (Dame, AC, DBE, OBE) (1913-1994)
Durack, Mary, (Dame) (1913-1994)
Durack, Mary (1913-1994)
Durack, Mary (-1994)
Durack Miller, Mary (1913-1994)
Miller, Mary (1913-1994)
Miller, Mary Durack (1913-1994)
Virgilia (1913-1994)
Field of activity
Author; Historian; Artist; Cartoonist / Illustrator; Writer; Playwright; Scriptwriter
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35994615
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-595808

Biographies

Mary Durack is an Australian Playwright, Writer, Scriptwriter, Author, who is mentioned in 17 events in the AusStage database

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Dame Mary Gertrude Durack (1913–1994), writer, was born on 20 February 1913 in Adelaide, second of six children of New South Wales-born Michael Patrick Durack, pastoralist, and his South Australian-born...

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On the 31 December 1977, Mary Durack was appointed to the Order of the British Empire, Dames Commander, for her services to literature. In acknowledgment of her accomplishments she was also honoured with an AC (1989) and OBE in 1966. Dame Mary Durack is remembered as being the author of publications that includes and

Born in Adelaide South Australia, the daughter of Michael Patrick and Bessie Ida Muriel (née Johnstone) Durack Mary's childhood was spent on the Argyle and Ivanhoe stations in the West Australian East Kimberley area. After being educated at Loreto Convent in Perth she returned to the family properties.

During her lifetime Mary became a prolific writer, with her first known work being (1923). Mary and her sister Elizabeth, who also became a noted author, completed their first book together in 1935. Mary also wrote under the name of 'Virgilia' for newspaper.

In 1987 Dame Mary Durack became a Fellow of Curtin University and was commended by the Childrens' Book Council in 1965 for (1964), illustrations by Elizabeth Durack. The title was changed to (1976), illustrations by Revel Cooper, a Bibbulmun descendant, as 'savage' was now considered racist.

Dame Mary Durack was a director and patron of the Stockmans' Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, and a former executive member of the Aboriginal Cultural Foundation. She was a member of the Australian Society of Women Writers, The Royal Western Australian Historical Society, the National Trust and honorary life member of International PEN Australia.

The Australian Irish Heritage Association of WA conducts the Mary Durack Memorial Lecture commemorating the distinguished writer and their first patron. In 1979 the Western Australian Shires of Mundaring, Kalamunda and the Cities of Armadale and Swan established the Mary Durack Award.

On 2 December 1938 Mary married Capt. Horace Clive Miller OBE (died 1980) and they had six children.

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Western Australian writer. Credited with some illustrations of her writings, although these were most likely the work of her sister, Elizabeth Durack.

writer, contributed a page of caricatures entitled 'Aboriginal Types’ to the Western Mail Christmas Number 1934, according to Bromfield. In fact, Elizabeth Durack probably did the drawing, Mary the captions. This entry is a stub. You can help by submitting a

Flourished

  • fl. 1934 - 1934

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Resources for Mary Gertrude Durack

Selected resources (35)

AusStage

  1. Mary Durack's network
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  2. Mary Durack's map
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  3. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Writer)
    [1973-05-17]
    A performance staged at the The Playhouse Theatre, Hobart, TAS
  4. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Writer)
    [1973-05-01]
    A performance staged at the Theatre 62, Hilton, SA
  5. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Writer)
    [1973-05-08]
    A performance staged at the Union Theatre, Parkville, VIC
  6. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1972-02-02]
    A performance staged at the The Hole in the Wall Theatre, Leederville, WA
  7. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1993-02-10]
    A performance staged at the The Effie Crump Theatre, Northbridge, WA
  8. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1973-12-04]
    A performance staged at the Festival Arts Centre Courtyard, Fremantle, WA
  9. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Writer)
    [1973-05-14]
    A performance staged at the The Little Theatre, Launceston, TAS
  10. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Writer)
    [1973-05-29]
    A performance staged at the The Playhouse, Civic Square, ACT
  11. The Dallying Lama
    Durack, Mary (Scriptwriter)
    [1959-08-03]
    A performance staged at the ABC Radio, Perth, East Perth, WA
  12. The Stockman's Story
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1983-02-13]
    A performance staged at the Sandalford Homestead, Caversham, WA
  13. Ship of Dreams
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1979-09-01]
    A performance staged at the Arts Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  14. Dalgerie
    Durack, Mary (Author)
    [1959-01-01]
    A performance staged at the University of Western Australia , Crawley, WA
  15. Dalgerie
    Durack, Mary (Author)
    [1973-07-26]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  16. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1979-05-17]
    A performance staged at the St George's Hall, Perth, WA
  17. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1973-07-31]
    A performance staged at the The Hole in the Wall Theatre, Leederville, WA
  18. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1973-06-26]
    A performance staged at the Twelfth Night Theatre, Bowen Hills, QLD
  19. Swan River Saga
    Durack, Mary (Playwright)
    [1972-05-09]
    A performance staged at the The Hole in the Wall Theatre, Leederville, WA

Australian Women's Register

  1. Durack, Mary
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The End of Dreaming
    Drysdale, Ingrid
    [[Adelaide]]
    Published: Rigby
  3. Conversation with Mary Durack
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [1976]
  4. Pilgrimage : a journey through the life and writings of Mary Durack / edited by
    Millett, Patsy and Millett, Naomi
    [Sydney]
    Published: Bantam Books
  5. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  6. Travel hopefully: The Duracks
    Browning, Julie
    [Sydney]
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    Series: IspartOf Dynasties
  7. Reflections : profiles of 150 women who helped make Western Australia's history; Project of the Womens Committee for the 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Western Australia
    Popham, Daphne; Stokes, K.A.; Lewis, Julie
    [Perth, Melbourne [etc.]:]
    Published: Carrolls
  8. Australian women writers : a bibliographic guide
    Adelaide, Debra
    [London ; Sydney]
    Published: Pandora Press
  9. Who's Who of Australian Women
    Lofthouse, Andrea
    [North Ryde (NSW)]
    Published: Methuen Australia
  10. The matriarchs: twelve Australian women talk about their lives to Susan Mitchell.
    Mitchell, Susan
    [Ringwood, Vic.]
    Published: Penguin
  11. Yarn spinners [sound recording]
    [1987]
    Series: State Library of South Australia
    48 sound cassettes, in 4 folders Project coordinator: Wilma Kippers "Yarn spinners has been funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority as part of its program for older Australians"
    zc 998 Outsize
  12. Mary Durack Miller interviewed by Stuart Reid for the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
    [27 July 1990 - 23 June 1991]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    Dame Mary talks about her childhood and upbringing as well as life in Perth at the time. She described her rapport with Aboriginal people and her continuing affection for her Aboriginal 'sisters'. Various aspects of her literary career are covered including her work for radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the writing of the musical "Ship of Dreams" and the "Swan River Saga". Dame Mary discussed her writing during the time she was bringing up her six children, referring to time split between houses in Perth and Broome as well as school holidays spent writing at the coastal house of her friend Professor Ida Mann. This interview also includes one hour in which Dame Mary is joined by fellow author Nancy Keesing and this provides some reflections on Australian literary life, especially in regard to the Fellowship of Australian Writers and a workshop for Aboriginal writers which was held in Darwin in 1974.
    ORAL TRC 3126
  13. Perth PEN Centre records
    [1.94 m : 1977 - 2004]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History
    The collection includes: awards, certificates, files, correspondence, minutes, financial records, reports, membership lists, records of the PEN International 62nd International Congress, which was held in Fremantle, W.A. in 1995, and other miscellaneous records.
    MN 2343
  14. Florence James - papers, 1890-1993
    [6.63 m, 51 boxes : 1890 - 1993]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    The collection comprises 20 manuscript record series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record. Diaries, 1931-1993 Correspondence with her family, 1916-1992 Correspondence with personal and literary friends, 1928-1992 Publishing correspondence and related material, 1951-1993 Papers concerning the novel 'Four winds and a family', 1946-1953, 1963-1974 Papers concerning the novel 'Jungfrau' by Dymphna Cusack, 1989 Papers concerning the novel 'Come in spinner', 1947-1992 Papers concerning the television mini-series 'Come in spinner', 1980-1993 Papers concerning books about Australia and New Zealand which Florence James was commissioned to write (not published), 1963-1992 Papers concerning her work as an editor and journalist, 1940-1991, nd Papers concerning literature, writing method and talks about literature, 1947-1992 Papers concerning International PEN and Australian Society of Authors, 1955-1981 Travel diaries and related papers, 1934-1987 Papers concerning Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), ca.1960-1991 Legal and financial records, 1934-1992 Miscellaneous papers, 1951, 1972-1990 Personal documents and papers concerning family history, 1890-1993 Photographs, 1929-1991 Printed material, 1921-1990 Oral history tapes, 1991
    MLMSS 5877
  15. Papers of Nancy Cato, 1939-1995 [manuscript]
    [0.85 m : 1939 - 1995]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    Letters, novel "Towards the source", "Green grows the vine", miscellaneous verse, photographs, editor's "mock up" of the Jindyworobak Anthology, 1950. Also includes letters, mainly personal, from other writers commenting on her work, (1946-1976). Correspondents include Ian Mudie, Mary Durack, John Bray, Gwen Harwood, R.H. Morrison, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Douglas Stewart, Dorothy Green, C. B. Christesen, Kylie Tennant, Dymphna Cusack, Nancy Keesing (added 9.12.76). Other letters added to the collection include those of: Florence James, Nancy Keesing, Judith Wright, Dorothy Green, Gwen Harwood and Flexmore Hudson (added 30.5.96) and Andrew Hay, son of William Gosse Hay (added 16.6.96). A number of letters refer to the formation of Lyrebird Writers, of which Cato and Roland Robinson were founding members. The collection also contains a transcript of dictated excerpts from the diary of Daniel Matthews, 1889, together with photocopies of his diaries, 1899-90, used in research for Mr Maloga (added 30.5.96).
    MS 757
  16. Durack family papers, 1886-1991 [manuscript]
    [2 m : 1886 - 1991]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History
    Papers of Durack family members, including Reg Durack, diaries (1930-1972) and letter books of Auvergne station (1938-1990); diaries of John Durack (1887-1930) and Michael Durack (1886-1950); Jewish settlement scheme papers; papers of Dame Mary Durack-Miller (ACC 7273A); papers of Elizabeth Durack Clancy, including ms. of "Seeing through Indonesia"; other miscellaneous files, documents, photographs and maps, Durack family papers. Poem "Sacrilege" for Tom Ronan by Mary Durack (ACC 9133A). Accession 7273A contains the Mary Durack Miller collection purchased by the State Library in 2008-9 with the assistance of the Australian Government through the National Cultural Heritage Account.
    MN 71; ACC 4586A; ACC 4587A; ACC 4588A; ACC 819A MN 71

Resources by Mary Gertrude Durack (151)

  1. [Mary Durack : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Forewords and introductions written by Mary Durack Miller
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Unpublished : 1965-1992 ]
    At WA State Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 62,720.371)

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  3. A lifetime preoccupation: readings. [Dame Mary Durack writes about her reading habits from an early age]
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    Vogue Australia
    [ Article : 1987 ]
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  4. Durack family trees
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Unpublished : 1886-1982 ]
    At WA State Library
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  5. Broome and Mary Durack Miller Broome notebooks
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Unpublished : 1921-1994 ]
    At WA State Library
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  6. Mary Durack talks with Jack Bennett. [Interview conducted by Bennett, Jack]
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    Antipodes
    [ Article : 1989 ]
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  7. Dermot (Jeramiah) Durack papers
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Unpublished : 1897-1980 ]
    At WA State Library
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  8. Pilgrimage : a journey through the life and writings of Mary Durack / edited by Patsy and Naomi Millett
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    At 67 libraries
    Pilgrimage : a journey through the life and writings of Mary Durack / edited by Patsy and Naomi Millett
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  9. Mary Durack interviewed by Giulia Giuffre in Giulia Giuffre collection of interviews with Australian women writers
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Sound : 1985 ]
    At National Library
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  10. Publications to be found with Durack archives
    Durack, Mary, 1913-1994
    [ Unpublished : 1885-1985 ]
    At WA State Library
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  1. THE SOCIAL WORLD. EVENTS OF THE WEEK. THE LADY MAYORESS AT HOME.
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Thursday 1 September 1932 p 27 Article
    ... much missed in Perth. Among Miss Kitching's guests were: Misses Madoline Durack, Marjorie Tindale, Lois ... , dainty dawn pink lace frock; Miss Lucy Mulcahy, royal blue georg-ette frock; Miss Mary Cumpston, smart ... 5440 words
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    ... Sheila Durack. of South Perth. is expected to return from her visit to the Eastern States by trans train ... "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," screening at the Prince to-morrow. the "Austrarasian "Jout-bflist," on ... 1990 words
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    The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thursday 22 June 1939 p 1 Family Notices
    ... -stone-street, Cottesloe—a daughter (Norma). Both well. MARRIAGES. CASTENELLE—DURACK.—On June 8, at St. Mary's Cathedral ... , only son of Mrs. and the late Mr. R. J. Castenelle, of Toorak, Victoria, to Madeleine Mary, elder ... 2959 words
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