Dr Brenda Niall AO (born 25 November 1930) is an Australian biographer, literary critic and journalist. She is particularly noted for her work on Australia's well-known Boyd family of artists and writers. She was educated at the Genazzano FCJ College, in Kew, Victoria, and the University of Melbourne.
In June 2004 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for 'services to Australian literature, as an academic, biographer and literary critic'.
- Niall, Brenda (1974). Martin Boyd. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Martin Boyd (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1977). Revised edition.
- Seven little billabongs: the world of Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1979). Republished in 1982.
- Brenda Niall assisted by Frances O'Neill, Australia through the looking-glass: children's fiction 1830-1980 (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1984). Republished in 1987.
- Martin Boyd, a life (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1988). Republished in 1989 and 1990.
- Georgiana: a biography of Georgiana McCrae, painter, diarist, pioneer (Carlton South, Vic.: Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, 1994). Republished in 1996.
- Ian Britain and Pamela Williams (eds.), The Oxford book of Australian schooldays (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1997). Republished in 1998.
- Brenda Niall and John Thompson (eds.), The Oxford book of Australian letters (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998). Republished in 1999.
- Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin (Melbourne: Dept. of Discussion Services, Council of Adult Education, 1999).
- The Boyds: a family biography (Victoria, Australia: Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Press, 2002). Republished in 2003.
- Martin Boyd: a life (New Edition) (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2004).
- Brenda Niall on Arthur Boyd (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Publishing, 2005).
- Judy Cassab: a portrait (Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2005).
- Life Class (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2007).
- — (2009). The riddle of Father Hackett : a life in Ireland and Australia. Canberra: National Library of Australia.
- True North: the story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack (Melbourne, Vic, Text Publishing, 2012).
- Mannix (Melbourne, Vic, Text Publishing, 2015).
Awards and nominations
- 2001 - awarded the Centenary Medal  for service to Australian society and the humanities in the study of Australian literature.
- 2002 - Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Non-Fiction Book Award for The Boyds: A Family Biography
- 2004 - was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to Australian literature as an academic, biographer and literary critic.