• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE3733

Mort, Eirene

(1879 – 1977)
  • Born 17 November, 1879, Woollahra, Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Died 1 December, 1977, Bowral New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Graphic designer


With her friend Nora Weston, Eirene Mort set up a graphic design studio in Sydney in 1906 where lessons were offered in craft, drawing, design, wood carving, metalwork and book-binding. The emphasis was upon Australian subject matter in design.


Mort was a founder of the Society of Arts and Crafts of New South Wales. She wrote and illustrated articles for the Sydney Mail and Art and Architecture, and illustrated several books including Florence Sulman’s A Popular Guide to the Wild Flowers of New South Wales (1913), her own The Story of Architecture (1942), and her brother Selwyn Mort’s Coins of the Hapsburg Emperors 1619-1919.


Published resources

  • Resource Section
  • Edited Book
    • 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Radi, Heather, 1988
  • Book
    • Country Cousins: Presented in Picture and Rhyme, Mort, Eirene, c.1930
    • Eirene Mort's Australian Alphabet: From the collection of the Australian National Gallery, Mort, Eirene, 1986
    • Old Canberra: A Sketchbook of the 1920s, Mort, Eirene, 1987
    • A Popular Guide to the Wild Flowers of New South Wales, Sulman, Florence, 1926
  • Resource

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Eirene Mort, 1856-1980 [manuscript]