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Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990)

OBE

Born
1893
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
7 November 1990
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Poet, Educator and Women's rights activist

Summary

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.

Sources used to compile this entry: http://buffy.lib.unimelb.edu.au:2470/run?ex=GuidedSearch&scope=*&name=Walker%2C+Ellinor&title=&subject=&workYear=&workTypes=*&workForms=*&workGenres=*&sortOrder=date&displayFormat=summary accessed 2004-02-02.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Autobiographical notes [Walker, Ellinor Gertrude, 1893-1990], PRG 1019/8; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • 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., 1933 - 1947, PRG 1019/6; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Citation for Life Membership [Walker, Ellinor Gertrude, 1893-1990], 17 May 1985, PRG 1019/12; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Ellinor Gertrude Walker : Summary Record, c. 1906 - 1990, PRG 1019; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Beth M. Robertson, OH 31/5; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Ellinor Gertrude Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Mary Hutchison, OH 3/4; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Interview with Ellinor Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Anne Geddes, PRG 727/2/1; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Juvenile writings [Walker, Ellinor Gertrude, 1893-1990], c. 1906 - 1910, PRG 1019/1; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Letter, 1 January 1987, PRG 1019/9; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • List of holidays, PRG 1019/13; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Musical scores, PRG 1019/7; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Newspaper cutting, PRG 1019/10; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Obituaries, 7 November 1990, PRG 1019/14; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Papers relating to Pageants, PRG 1019/4; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Photograph, PRG 1019/11; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Play scripts for performance, c. 1915 - c. 1959, PRG 1019/3; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Poetry, 1908 - 1952, PRG 1019/2; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Radio interview with Ellinor Walker [sound recording] Interviewer: Janet Robertson, OH 561/20; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Records of the Girls Social and Political Union, 1914 - 1917, SRG 513; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details
  • Typescripts of Ellinor Walker, 1934 - 1944, PRG 1019/5; Walker, Ellinor Gertrude (1893 - 1990); State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

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