Ida Sowerby McAulay was born on the 8 September 1898 and died in St Anne's Rest Home, 142 Davey Street, Hobart. She was cremated at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery on the 8 June 1989 aged 90. She was the daughter of Ida Mary McAulay - nee Butler (1858 - 1949) a feminist and her husband Alexander McAulay (1863 - 1931), the first professor of mathematics and physics at the newly formed University of Tasmania and a pioneer of hydro-electricity in that state. Her siblings were her twin sister Mary Sowerby McAulay (Mrs Eric Scriven, Sydney) and her brother Alexander Leicester McAulay (1895 - 1969) also a lecturer in physics at the University of Tasmania. Ida wrote articles for magazines including 'The Tasmanian Mail', the weekly publication of the Mercury newspaper, Hobart. Her topics included bushwalking, skiing and the wilderness areas of Tasmania. She also worked for C. E. W. Bean, the Australian journalist and war correspondent who later prepared the official history of the Australian A.I.F. in World War One. He was a distant relative. She deposited her papers in the AOT in 1973 when she was still living at 331 Mt Nelson Road, Hobart and they included copies of many of her published articles and her four volume history of the Bisdee family of Hutton Park to whom she was related.