Olga Ernst: Australian Fairytale Pioneer
Brighton Historical Society presents a talk by Robin Floyd about writer Olga Ernst.
Olga Ernst was born into a highly educated and religious German community in Melbourne. In 1904 at the age of sixteen she wrote; Fairytales From the Land of the Wattle. It was to become part of a new development in children’s literature, which lead towards the creation of an Australian bush fantasy genre.
Olga Ernst was also an early University of Melbourne graduate, became a teacher and continued to study, obtaining her Masters of Art. Ernst viewed the Australian environment from her own cultural perspective, influenced by German fairytales she wrote for young readers with a different voice. In 1929 she married William Waller and commenced her long time residence of Brighton and became a leader in the local Red Cross.
Sunday 15 July (10.30am to 11.45am)
Brighton Historical Society Rooms: Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Cnr Carpenter & Wilson Streets, Brighton
$10 - Includes light refreshments