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Margaret Hazzard (Ivy Margaret Hazzard) 1910 – 19 January 1987 was an Australian author born in Hertfordshire, England. [1]

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Hazzard immigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1960 [2] and established a career as a freelance writer, publishing in The Sydney Morning Herald [3] [4] and the Australian Women's Weekly. She also worked as a teacher, taking short courses in writing fiction and biography at the Centre of Adult Education (CAE) in Melbourne.

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In 1970 Hazzard founded the Victorian Branch of the Society of Women Writers and was elected chair from 1970-74. The Society established the biennial Margaret Hazzard Award in 1980 in recognition of her contribution. [5]

Hazzard moved to Norfolk Island in 1974 [6] where she began her "most prolific writing period". [7]

Hazzard died in 1987 and is buried at Mount Macedon, Victoria. [5]

Mount Macedon, Victoria Town in Victoria, Australia

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  1. "Family history search". Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. "The land of do-it-yourself". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 1968. p. 50 via
  3. "A tourist trail which leads back to the old diggings". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 May 1971. p. 21 via
  4. "Caught in a trap". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 June 1967. p. 24 via
  5. 1 2 "Saluting our proud tradition of women writers and writing: the Margaret Hazzard story". The Society of Women Writers. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  6. "Margaret Hazzard". AustLit. 24 December 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. "Saluting our proud tradition of women writers and writing: the Margaret Hazzard story". The Society of Women Writers Victorian Branch. June 2007. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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