Ian Mudie

Ian Mudie

About Ian Mudie

Ian Mudie was an Australian writer and poet who was born on March 1st, 1911, and died on October 23rd, 1976. His first poem was published in 1931, in P.R. Stephensen's magazine, The Publicist. In 1939, Mudie moved to Sydney and joined the Australia Jindyworobak Movement, and in 1941, he became associated with the Australia First Movement, which was active at the time of the outbreak of World War II. According to historian David Bird, Mudie was the most vocal advocate for the cultural line adopted by Australia First and by the Jindies. During this period, Stephensen noted that Mudie's work had a "deep call to the elemental soul of our nation, its brave, fundamental Australianism". He published his first poetry collection Corroboree to the Sun in 1940 followed by This Is Australia (1941) and the The Australian Dream (1943).
In the aftermath of World War II, Mudie was granted a fellowship by the Commonwealth Literary Fund, which enabled him to undertake research into the paddling of the River Murray-Darling, culminating in the publication of his book Riverboats in 1961. Additionally, he wrote a history of the shipwreck of the Admella in 1859, which is widely regarded as one of Australia's most devastating maritime catastrophes, as well as a new history of the journey of John Mcduall Stuart, who crossed the continent of Australia in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In 1963, Mudie was awarded the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, for his work The North-Bound Horse.

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