Bruce, Minnie (1878-1958)

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Author; Journalist
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The author of the Billabong series of books, Mary Grant Bruce began writing poetry and short stories at the age of seven. Later she became editor of her school magazine. After completing her matriculation Bruce moved to Melbourne where she worked as an editor and wrote weekly stories for the children's page. Her first book , originally a serial, was published in 1910. Between 1910 and 1942 she published 37 children's novels. During her career Bruce was a contributor to (Melbourne), Auckland and the During World War II Bruce worked for the AIF Women's Association, sold her autograph at charity auctions for the war effort and broadcast a series of talks for the Department of Information.

  • Won first prize in the Melbourne Shakespeare Society's annual essay competition
  • Passed the matriculation examination with honours in English, history and botany
  • Her story was published in the Christmas supplement of the Melbourne under the signature 'M.G.H.'
  • Her story published in supplement of the Melbourne under the pseudonym 'Coolibah'
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  • Went to London where she wrote articles for the and met her future husband, distant cousin, Major George Evans Bruce
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  • Returned to Australia and married at Holy Trinity Church, East Melbourne
  • After the outbreak of World War I sailed on the troop-ship to Cork and during the next three years 'produced two babies and four books'
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  • Following the war, returned to Australia to settle at Traralgon, Gippsland
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  • Acting editor of for six months
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  • Moved to Omagh, Ireland
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  • Returned to Australia
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  • Following death of her husband (1946) Bruce went back to England

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Resources by Minnie Bruce (21)

  1. Billabong riders / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1942-2005 ]
    At 45 libraries
    Billabong riders / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.788)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.788)

  2. Mates at Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1911-2006 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 50 libraries
    Mates at Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.58)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.58)

  3. A little bush maid / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2015 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At 83 libraries
    A little bush maid / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.56)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.56)

  4. Billabong's daughter / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1924-2005 ]
    At 50 libraries
    Billabong's daughter / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.973)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.973)

  5. Robin / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1926-1948 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 24 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.972)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.972)

  6. Billabong gold / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1937-1993 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Billabong gold / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.925)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.925)

  7. Norah of Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-1996 ]
    At 61 libraries
    Norah of Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.88)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.88)

  8. Jim and Wally / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1916-1992 ]
    At 45 libraries
    Jim and Wally / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.869)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.869)

  9. Son of Billabong / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1939-2005 ]
    At 43 libraries
    Son of Billabong / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.856)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.856)

  10. Billabong's luck / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1933-2005 ]
    At 47 libraries
    Billabong's luck / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.854)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.854)

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  1. Bruce, Mary Grant (1878-1958)
    ... Minnie Grant (Mary) Bruce (1878-1958), journalist and writer of children's books, was born on 24 ...
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  1. JOHN and ROBERT SEVIOR or SEVIOUR
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    Brothers John (William) Sevior 1834 Launceston and Robert Sevior 1836 Launceston, were Jockeys, Horse Breeders, Horse Trainers and Farmers. In John Sevior's case he was also a Ploughing Matc...

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    [ Poster, chart, other : 1927 ]
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  1. Re-Imagining the Red States: New Directions for Southern Studies
    McPherson, Tara (Creator) (Speaker)
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  2. Cloud-property retrieval using merged HIRS and AVHRR data. (High-Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder; Advanced Very High-ResolutionRadiometer)
    Baum, Bryan A; Wielicki, Bruce A; Minnis, Patrick; Parker, Lindsay
    Journal of Applied Meteorology
    [ Map, Article : 1992 ]
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  1. Golden fiddles
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  2. The peculiar honeymoon and other writings / by Mary Grant Bruce ; edited by Prue McKay
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  4. No Place
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  1. Poets live the questions. (Jewelle Gomez and Minnie Bruce Pratt) (Interview)
    OUT-LOOK
    [ Photograph, Article : 1992 ]
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  2. Minnie Bruce Pratt: the poet vs. the profiteers.(Interview)
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  3. Belles Lettres Interview. (interview with Minnie Bruce Pratt, poet, essayist and teacher) (Interview)
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    Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women
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  4. Reconstructing self, sex, and the south: Minnie Bruce Pratt's walking back up depot street.(Critical essay)
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    Texas Studies in Literature and Language
    [ Article : 2013 ]
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  1. The peculiar honeymoon and other writings / by Mary Grant Bruce ; edited by Prue McKay
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1986 ]
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  2. Back to Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1921-2007 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.406)

  3. Circus ring / by Mary Grant Bruce
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.827)

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    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.676)

  1. Website: Australian Women's Archives Project
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  2. Website: Australian Women in War
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  3. Website: Using Lives: Essays in Australian Biography and History
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  1. Papers
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    [ Unpublished : 1842-1966 ]
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Minnie Bruce, writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  3. A child's garden of verses / by Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrated by Charles Robinson
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  1. NEW MINNIE MOXOM MINE
    Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954) Saturday 6 September 1947 p 1 Article
    ... Dciiman Bros end Bruce Cumming, of Cairns. It is known as the New Minnie Moxom Syndicate. Already this ... NEW MINNIE MOXOM MINE MAREEBA, September 6.— Good reports continue to be received from the New ... 156 words
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  2. MINNIE MOXON GOLD RETURNS
    Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954) Wednesday 13 August 1947 p 7 Article
    ... MINNIE MOXON GOLD RETURNS CAIRNS. August 12.— In six months since the New Minnie Moxon Mining ... mine, said a member of the syndicate, Mr. Bruce Cummlngs, to-day. Three hundred and six ounces of gold ... 185 words
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  3. MRS. MINNIE NEWMAN
    The Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 - 1954) Friday 30 June 1944 p 1 Article
    ... MRS. MINNIE NEWMAN I The death occurred in the Scott Memorial Hospital on 21st inst., of an old and ... highly respected resident of this district in the person of Mrs. Minnie Newman. The late Mrs. Newman, who ... 593 words
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