• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE3774

Tennant, Kylie

(1912 – 1988)
  • Born 1 January, 1912, Manly New South Wales Australia
  • Died 31 December, 1988, Blue Mountains New South Wales
  • Occupation Author, Journalist, Print journalist


As a young woman, Kylie Tennant worked as an assistant producer for ABC radio before returning to study at Sydney University. She cut short her studies to travel and write, and in 1932 married a former fellow-student, Lewis Rodd. They had two children.

Tennant’s journalistic career began with several articles and short stories published in Smith’s Weekly and The Bulletin. She worked variously as a novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian. Two of her novels were made into television mini-series.

Kylie Tennant’s bibliography is extensive. A selection of publications are listed below.

For more information, see also http://www.burnetsbooks.com.au/bibliographies/tennant.htm


  • 1930 - 1950

Published resources

  • Book
    • The Complete Book of Great Australian Women: Thirty-six women who changed the course of Australia, De Vries, Susanna, 2003
    • Australia, Her Story: Notes on a Nation, Tennant, Kylie, 1953
    • The Battlers, Tennant, Kylie, 1941
    • The Bushrangers' Christmas Eve and Other Plays, Tennant, Kylie, 1959
    • Evatt: Politics and Justice, Tennant, Kylie, 1970
    • Foveaux, Tennant, Kylie, 1939
    • The Honey Flow, Tennant, Kylie, 1956
    • The Joyful Condemned, Tennant, Kylie, 1953
    • Lost Haven, Tennant, Kylie, 1946
    • The Missing Heir: The Autobiography of Kylie Tennant, Tennant, Kylie, 1986
    • Ride On Stranger, Tennant, Kylie, 1943
    • Speak You So Gently, Tennant, Kylie, 1959
    • Tantavallon, Tennant, Kylie, 1983
    • Tell Morning This, Tennant, Kylie, 1967
    • Tether a Dragon, Tennant, Kylie, 1952
    • Tiburon, Tennant, Kylie, 1935
    • Time Enough Later, Tennant, Kylie, 1945
  • Lecture
    • The Development of the Australian Novel, Tennant, Kylie, 1959
  • Site Exhibition
  • Resource

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Records of Curtis Brown (Australia) Pty Ltd., 1962-2002 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Eleanor Dark, 1910-1974 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Kylie Tennant, 1891-1989 (bulk 1933-1988) [manuscript]
    • Papers of Doris Chadwick, 1942-1960 [manuscript]
    • Literary papers 1969-1981 [manuscript]
  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • Julia Trubridge-Freebury further papers, 1960s-2004
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Kylie Tennant interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection [sound recording]
    • Kylie Tennant interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection [sound recording]

Related entries

  • Daughter
    • Rodd, Benison (1946 - )
  • Friend
    • Chadwick, Doris Annie (1899 - 1979)