Nancy Keesing

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Nancy Keesing (7 September 1923 – 19 January 1993) was a Jewish Australian writer and editor.

Nancy Keesing was born in Sydney, Australia and attended school at Sydney Church of England Girls' Grammar School, the Frensham School and then went on to the University of Sydney.[1] Her Garden Island People, written in 1975, detailed her work during World War II and post-war work at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. One of her most well known works is Shalom, a collection of Australian Jewish stories. Before her death on 19 January 1993, she had written or edited 26 volumes. The Nancy Keesing Fellowship was founded by her husband Dr. Mark Hertzberg in her honour.



  • Imminent Summer (1951)
  • Three Men and Sydney (1955)
  • Showground Sketchbook and other poems (1968)
  • Hails and farewells (1977)
  • The Woman I Am: Poems (1993)


  • By Gravel and Gun (1963, children's)
  • The Golden Dream (1974, children's)


  • Elsie Carew: Australian Primitive Poet (1965)
  • Douglas Stewart (1965)
  • Lily on the Dustbin: Slang of Australian Women and Families (1982)


  • Garden Island People (1975)
  • Riding the elephant (1988)


  1. ^ Nancy Keesing (AustLit) Accessed: 23 January 2007.

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