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Gilmore, [Dame] Mary Jean (1865 - 1962)

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Born: 16 August 1865  Woodhouselee, New South Wales.  Died: 3 December 1962  Sydney, New South Wales.

Dame Mary Jean Gilmore was a noted writer, teacher and social activist. Early in her career she had a relationship with Henry Lawson which was influential in the future style of her poetry and writing.

She was leftward leaning politically and this often came out in her work.

Late in her career Dame Mary enjoyed increasing public esteem. Her more famous works such as ‘Nationality’, ‘Eve-Song’, ‘The Tenancy’, ‘Never Admit the Pain’, ‘Gallipoli’, ‘The Flight of the Swans’ — are among the permanent gems of Australian poetry.

Dame Mary, as a patriot, feminist, social crusader and folklorist she has now passed into Australian legend.

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: James Crowley
Created: 17 November 2003
Modified: 13 May 2005

Published by The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 5 April 2004
Prepared by: Acknowledgements
Updated: 23 February 2010

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