Mavis Thorpe Clark (1909-1999) began her writing career as a schoolgirl. Her first story for children was published as a serial in The Australasian newspaper when she was 14 years old. Her first book was written when she was 18 and published in 1930.

Mavis Thorpe Clark was a prolific writer. She wrote mainly for children and teenagers, but also authored several biographies, a number of non-fiction titles, and many articles, short stories and scripts for newspaper, magazine and radio.

Mavis Thorpe Clark loved the Australian outback. The "red earth", the opal fields and the people of the isolated sheep stations drew her back again and again. During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s she travelled extensively in South Australia and Western Australia gathering material for her stories.

In 1967 she won the Children's Book Council of the Year award for The Min-Min which was set in outback South Australia.


Promotional photo of MTC.

Mavis Thorpe Clark - 1960s.