- 19 August 1901
Guy Fawkes Station, Ebor, New South Wales, Australia
- 23 January 1983
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
- Authority on children’s literature, Book collector, Bookseller and Secretary and organiser of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Canberra Branch)
- Alternative Names
- Rees, Lu
After an upbringing in the bush Lucy Frances Harvey (Lu) Rees worked as a shearers' cook on a family property during the Depression; she moved to Canberra with her three sons in the late 1930s. In 1950 she became inaugural secretary of the Canberra Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers remaining a central figure in the organisation for many years. In 1955 she opened Cheshire's Canberra bookshop which she managed for ten years. Always passionate about children's literature she amassed a personal collection that became the nucleus of the ACT Children's Book Council collection. It was donated to the University of Canberra where it is named the Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature in her honour. She was created a Member of the Order of Australia and awarded the inaugural Dromkeen Medal for services to Australian children's literature, both awards being announced posthumously.