Phyllis McDuff was born in the outback, in Hillston, western New South Wales. Her early years included extensive family travel through Europe, Africa and Asia. She was educated at; Brigidine College in Randwick, Sydney University, the University of New England and the University of Queensland.
Her career training horses was based on instruction received at the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
Phyllis has lived on the outskirts of Brisbane, Queensland since 1965.
Phyllis has recently been awarded the Austria Prize for Services to German Literature; jointly awarded by the Austrian Consulate, University of Sydney and Macquarie University.
In the Press
‘Of all the amazing life stories to come out of the first half of the 20th century few can be more remarkable than that of Bettina Mendl ... the voyage of discovery is well told and the insight into elegant Viennese life is fascinating.’
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘… deadly secrets, coded messages and breathtaking courage. This moving memoir will stay with you forever.’
‘A Story Dreamt Long Ago … Phyllis tells her mother’s remarkable story with an impressive voice; smoothly paced and emotionally intelligent. If you like memoirs, this one is definitely worth tracking down.’
Horses, dressage, war, outback Australia....Phyllis McDuff - 'A Story Dreamt Long Ago'
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