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Cato, Nancy (1917 - 2000)

AM

Born
11 March 1917
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
3 July 2000
Noosa, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Author, Journalist, Poet and Environmentalist

Summary

Nancy Cato was an acclaimed author. She published several historical novels and biographies and two volumes of poetry. Cato was also a strong campaigner for environmental conservation.

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Schooled at the Presbyterian Ladies College, in Adelaide, South Australia, Nancy Cato began her professional writing career as a cadet journalist on the Adelaide News at age 18. Later an art critic for the same newspaper, she also became a freelance writer. In 1950 she edited the Jindyworobak Anthology.

Actively involved in the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Australian Society of Authors during the 1950s and 1960s, Cato's books include Green grows the vine, Brown sugar and All the rivers run, which was made into a TV mini-series. She published other prose works in addition to two volumes of poetry, and contributed to Australian literary magazines. A major work was Mister Maloga, the story of Daniel Mathews and his Maloga Mission to Aboriginal people on the Murray River in Victoria.

Cato married Eldred Norman, and travelled extensively overseas with him; the pair had one daughter and two sons.

Nancy Cato strove for ultimate skill as a writer, and for protection of the Australian environment, particulary in the face of developers on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. She was awarded the Alice Award by the Society of Women Writers in 1988; the Advance Australia award for environmental campaigning; an Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Queensland; and was a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Events

1935 - 1941
Career in journalism active

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.nla.gov.au/servlet/raam/retrieve?pn=12&el=F&db=current&rp=2&mr=1&ac=current&cid=575.

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Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Papers of Nancy Cato, 1934 - 1980?, UQFL107; Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Florence James - Papers, 1890 - 1993, MLMSS 5877; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Nancy Cato, 1939 - 1995, MS 757; Cato, Nancy (1917 - 2000); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection

  • Nancy Cato interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection [sound recording], ORAL TRC 1/812; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection. Details

Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy

  • Nancy Cato manuscript collection, 1968 - , mss G7; Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy. Details
  • Nancy Cato reads at the Australian Defence Force Academy, 1992, 1992, av video PR 9619.3 .C395 N36 1992; Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy. Details

The University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Special Collections

  • Letters from Nancy Cato, 1969; The University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Special Collections. Details
  • Mister Maloga: Daniel Matthews and his mission, Murray River, 1864-1902, 1976?; The University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Special Collections. Details
  • Papers of Nancy Cato, 823A C36c; The University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library Special Collections. Details

Digital resources

Title
Portrait of Nancy Cato, 1995
Type
Image
Date
1995
Creator
Bolton, A.T.

Details

Clare Land

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