Sue Ebury

Sue Ebury

Sue Ebury, a Melbourne biographer and former editor and publisher, was presented with two FAW Barbara Ramsden Awards, one of which was for Michael Cannon’s Who’s Master? Who’s Man?, the first volume of Australia in the Victorian Age, which Thomas Nelson published in 1971. She is a research associate in the History Department of the University of Hong Kong. In 2010 Miegunyah Press issued a paperback edition of her 1994 book on Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, the new title being Weary: King of the River.

Sue Ebury reviews 'Letters to My Daughter: Robert Menzies, Letters, 1955–1975' edited by Heather Henderson

October 2011, no. 335 27 September 2011
Sue Ebury reviews 'Letters to My Daughter: Robert Menzies, Letters, 1955–1975' edited by Heather Henderson
Heather Menzies was ‘the apple of her father’s eye’, reported A.W. Martin, Sir Robert’s authorised biographer, and this collection of letters reveals that she was indeed, to use her father’s own words, ‘the great unalloyed joy of my life’. So much so that Ken, her elder brother, confessed to being jealous of her in his younger days. Heather married Australian diplomat Peter Henderson ... (read more)

Sue Ebury reviews 'Final Proof: Memoirs of a publisher' by Peter Ryan

July–August 2011, no. 333 29 June 2011
Sue Ebury reviews 'Final Proof: Memoirs of a publisher' by Peter Ryan
‘Thank God I have done with him!’ – the words uttered by Dr Johnson’s publisher when he received the final proofs of the dictionary from its author – might well have been Peter Ryan’s own in 1988 when Manning Clark confessed that he had changed his mind about the character and career of Robert Menzies. No longer did Clark consider him an ‘imperialistic booby’. Melbourne University ... (read more)

Sue Ebury reviews 'Those Who Come After' by Elisabeth Holdsworth

April 2011, no. 330 23 March 2011
Wirklich, ich lebe in finsteren Zeiten. (Truly, I live in dark times.) When her mother uttered that line from Bertolt Brecht’s great poem ‘An die Nachgeborenen’, Juliana – the narrator of Elisabeth Holdsworth’s first novel – knew they were in for a hard time. Janna had returned to the Netherlands from Dachau carrying a cardboard suitcase that the Americans had given her. In it ... (read more)