Ernestine Hill

Ernestine Hill (1899—1972), an Australian journalist, travel writer and novelist, was born in Rockhampton, Queensland. Shel attended All Hallows' School in Brisbane, and then Stott & Hoare's Business College, Brisbane. On completing her studies, she worked briefly in the public service, and then for Smith's Weekly, Sydney, first as the secretary to the literary editor and later as a journalist and subeditor.

During the 1930s she travelled extensively around Australia, writing as she went. Hill then worked for the ABC from 1940 from 1944, on the A.B.C. Weekly and as a commissioner. After resigning from the ABC, she resumed her travels, but published little from her work during this period. She was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fund fellowship in 1959. However, while this provided her with a small pension, her final years were characterised by financial and health problems. She died in Brisbane.

The majority of her writing, which comprised books as well as articles for newspapers and such journals as Walkabout, resulted from her wide travels across Australia. They recorded her adventures and focus on the Australian landscape. She could also be controversial. For example, her reporting of a gold strike at the Granites in the Northern Territory in 1931 contributed to financial ruin for some and was branded irresponsible. She is best known for The Territory. However, her only novel, My Love Must Wait, sold well overseas as well as in Australia.

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Year  Book  Comment
  My Love Must Wait A fictionalized biography of Matthew Flinders.


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