A crossing on Roper River, [Northern Territory]

Hill, Ernestine, 1899-1972 (). A crossing on Roper River, [Northern Territory].

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Creator Hill, Ernestine, 1899-1972
Title A crossing on Roper River, [Northern Territory]
Open Access Status Other
Year available 2017
Series Ernestine Hill Collection, UQFL18
Type image/tiff
Original Format Negative; b&w; 7 x 12 cm.
Source Ernestine Hill Collection, UQFL18, Box 32, negative 18/2214
Language eng
Rights Copyright expired
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Ernestine Hill Collection consists of typescript and handwritten drafts, notes and research material relating to published works and also to a wide range of literary projects mostly undertaken during the later part of Hill's writing career, from 1945 onwards. These unpublished works cover a variety of genres: novels, plays, descriptive writing and scripts for radio, television and film. Personal correspondence and a very large collection of photographs taken by Hill during her many long tours of outback Australia. Material on the life of Daisy Bates, and plans for a film based on her life; also two complete unpublished novels.

Born Mary Ernestine Hemmings (1899) in Rockhampton, Queensland, she was educated at All Hallows School and Stott & Hoare's Business College, Brisbane. After working briefly in the public service she joined the staff of 'Smith's Weekly', Sydney, in 1919, as secretary to its literary editor J F Archibald. Hill subsequently became sub-editor of the paper and consolidated her career as a journalist during the 1930s when she travelled extensively across Australia writing articles for Associated Newspapers and other publications such as 'Walkabout'. Her articles were widely read and sometimes controversial: her reporting of a gold strike in the Northern Territory in 1931 contributed to financial ruin for some and was branded irresponsible; another, a front page story for the Sunday 'Sun', 19 June 1932, marked the beginning of a long and sometimes turbulent association with Daisy Bates.

Hill's major published works arose out of her travels during this period - 'The Great Australian Loneliness' (1937), 'Water into Gold' (1937), 'Flying Doctor Calling' (1947), 'The Territory' (1951) and 'Kabbarli', a personal memoir of Daisy Bates, published posthumously in 1973. Her only published novel was the immensely successful 'My Love Must Wait' (1941), based on the life of Matthew Flinders. Between 1940 and 1942 Hill was editor of the women's pages of the 'A.B.C. Weekly' and from 1941 to 1944 she was a commissioner of the A.B.C. After her resignation from this position she resumed her travels, working constantly on ideas for future novels, plays, travel and historical books and radio and film scripts. Apart from 'The Territory' (1951) and a few articles none of these were ever published. Hill was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fund fellowship in 1959, which provided her with a small pension but the last years of her life were dominated by financial hardship and ill-health. She returned to Brisbane in 1970 and died there in 1972.
Keyword Hill, Ernestine, 1899-1972 -- Archives
Northern Territory -- Pictorial works
Roper River (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australian –- Northern Territory
Geographic co-ordinates

133.334427,-14.930224 133.148595,-14.930224 133.148595,-14.966414 133.334427,-14.966414 133.334427,-14.930224

Advisory Statement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this photograph may contain images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.
Additional Notes Women and children crossing Roper River.
Originally housed in paper with annotation, "A crossing on Roper River".

Title devised by library staff based on accompanying acquisition information.

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Created: Fri, 07 Apr 2017, 11:46:07 EST by Daniel Timmermans on behalf of Fryer Library