Dame Annabelle Rankin was an Australian stateswoman, born in Brisbane. She became the first Queensland woman to enter federal politics, as a senator for the state in 1946, and the first woman whip in the British Commonwealth, serving as opposition whip (1947-9) and government whip (1951-66). She was also the first Australian woman to be appointed as a federal Minister, holding the housing portfolio (1966-71), and Australia's first woman head of a diplomatic mission as High Commissioner to New Zealand (1971-4). She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her political and public service in 1957.
Dame Annabelle Rankin was one of the first to be given Life Member status of the Queensland Branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1977 following her service to the branch as a President for 10 years from 1961-1971 and as a Patron.
- The recipient shall be a person who has made a significant contribution to children's literature in Queensland.
- Where a joint or group nomination is more appropriate, a joint or group nomination may be made.
- Whilst there is no restriction on the types of contribution made, recipients' contributions must encompass more than their profession or occupation.
- No person may receive the Award more than once.
- Candidates need not be members of the CBCA.
- No more than two A4 pages. (Times New Roman, font size 11, single spaced)
- Nominations close end of June.
- Nominations should be made on the official nomination form.
- Send nominations : via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Dame Annabelle Rankin Award, c/- The Children’s Book Council of Australia (Qld Branch), PO Box 828, Spring Hill 4004
Previous winners have been 2004 Lyn Linning, 2005 Jill Morris, 2006 Kerry Mallan, 2007 David Cox, 2009 Jenny Stubbs, 2011 Robyn Sheahan-Bright and 2013 Judith Russell.