Bruce, Minnie (1878-1958)

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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 Leader children's page. Her first book A Little Bush Maid, 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 Blackwood's Magazine, Morning Post, Daily Mail, Windsor Magazine, Cassell's Magazine, Strand, Argus, Age, Herald (Melbourne), Australasian, Leader, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Mail, Lone Hand Auckland Weekly Press, Woman's World, West Australian and the British Australasian. 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.

  • April 1895 Won first prize in the Melbourne Shakespeare Society's annual essay competition
  • December 1895 Passed the matriculation examination with honours in English, history and botany
  • 1898 Her story Her Little Lad was published in the Christmas supplement of the Melbourne Leader under the signature 'M.G.H.'
  • December 1900 Her story Dono's Christmas' published in supplement of the Melbourne Leader under the pseudonym 'Coolibah'
  • 1910 Little Bush Maid published
  • 1912 Mates at Billabong published
  • 1912 Timothy in Bushland published
  • 1913 Glen Eyre published
  • 1913 Norah of Billabong published
  • 1913 - 1914 Went to London where she wrote articles for the Daily Mail and met her future husband, distant cousin, Major George Evans Bruce
  • 1914 Grays Hollow published
  • 1914 From Billabong to London published
  • 1 July 1914 Returned to Australia and married at Holy Trinity Church, East Melbourne
  • 4 August 1914 After the outbreak of World War I sailed on the troop-ship Nestor to Cork and during the next three years 'produced two babies and four books'
  • 1915 Jim and Wally published
  • 1916 Captain Jim published
  • 1917 Dick published
  • 1917 Possum published
  • 1918 Dick Lester of Kurrajong published
  • 11 November 1918 Following the war, returned to Australia to settle at Traralgon, Gippsland
  • 1919 Back to Billabong published
  • 1920 The Tower Rooms published
  • 1921 The Houses of the Eagle published
  • 1922 Stone Axe of Burkamuka published
  • 1922 Robin published
  • 1922 Cousin from Town published
  • 1923 Hugh Stanford's Luck published
  • 1923 Twins of Emu Plains published
  • 1924 Billabong's Daughter published
  • 1924 Anderson's Jo published
  • 1925 House of the Eagle published
  • 1926 Golden Fiddles published
  • 1926 Acting editor of Woman's World for six months
  • 1926 Tower Rooms published
  • 1927 Moved to Omagh, Ireland
  • 1928 Billabong Adventurers published
  • 1929 The Happy Traveller published
  • 1931 Road to Adventure published
  • 1933 Bill of Billabong published
  • 1934 Seahawk published
  • 1935 Wings Above Billabong published
  • 1936 Circus Ring published
  • 1937 Billabong Gold published
  • 1938 Told by Peter published
  • 1939 Son of Billabong published
  • 1939 Returned to Australia
  • 1940 Peter and Co. published
  • 1941 Karalta published
  • 1942 Billabong Riders published
  • 1948 Following death of her husband (1946) Bruce went back to England

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Selected resources (9)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Bruce, Minnie (Mary) Grant (1878-1958)Australian Dictionary of Biography Online 07 : Bruce, Minnie (Mary) Grant (1878-1958)
    Strahan, Lynne
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070459b.htm
  2. The Women's Pages: Australian Women and Journalism since 1850
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2008]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
    Series: http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/cal/cal-home.html
  3. Who's who in Australia 1950
    Alexander, Joseph A
    [1950]
    Published: The Herald
  4. National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection: Manuscripts 1924-1925 (1924 - 1925)
    Manuscript drafts of "Hugh Stanford's Luck" (Sydney, Cornstalk, 1925) and "Robin" (London, Ward Lock, 1926).
    MS 3470
  5. State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection: Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958 Papers
    The papers of Mary Grant Bruce include personal and family documents; newspaper cuttings relating to her career; correspondence, mainly with publishers; manuscripts and typescripts of literary works; photographs and other items. The papers of George Evans Bruce include correspondence with publishers and family members; manuscripts and typescripts of literary works; miscellaneous items.
    MS 9975
  6. National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection: Page from an autograph book signed by Mary Grant Bruce (1943)
    MS 1930
  7. State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection: Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958 Autobiographical notes
    Comprises illustrated autobiographical notes of Mary Grant Bruce and Ernestine Hill
    MS 11261
  8. State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection: Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958 Letters (7 April 1927 - 10 December 1929)
    Letter from Mary Grant Bruce to "Marie" , 10 December, 1929, concerning the death of her son, Pat Bruce; two letters from Pat Bruce to "Marie", 7 April, 1927 and 21 January, 1928
    MS 11668
  9. State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection: Records of Ward, Lock and Co. (1928 - 1954)
    Correspondence, 1939-1954, between Mary Grant Bruce and Ward Lock and Co.; also, correspondence, 1928-1954, between Ethel Turner and Ward Lock and Co. Correspondence contains details of royalities and sales for some years, problems associated with printing during World War II, and personal insights; also, some miscellaneous correspondence.
    BOX 3719/2-3

Resources by Minnie Bruce (23)

  1. A little bush maid / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-2005 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 77 libraries
    A little bush maid / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.115)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 18.115)

  2. Billabong's daughter / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1924-2005 ]
    At 53 libraries
    Billabong's daughter / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.837)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.837)

  3. Billabong riders / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1942-2005 ]
    At 50 libraries
    Billabong riders / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.824)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.824)

  4. 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 53 libraries
    Mates at Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.613)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.613)

  5. Robin / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1926-1948 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    At 23 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.999)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.999)

  6. Billabong gold / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1937-1993 ]
    At 40 libraries
    Billabong gold / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.953)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.953)

  7. Billabong's luck / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1933-2005 ]
    At 50 libraries
    Billabong's luck / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.951)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.951)

  8. Norah of Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book, Audio book : 1900-1996 ]
    At 66 libraries
    Norah of Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.921)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.921)

  9. Jim and Wally / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1916-1992 ]
    At 48 libraries
    Jim and Wally / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.897)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.897)

  10. Son of Billabong / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ Book : 1939-2005 ]
    At 44 libraries
    Son of Billabong / by Mary Grant Bruce
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.882)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.882)

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    ... 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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  2. 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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  3. COLOURING COMPETITION Mickey And Minnie Prove Popular
    The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 - 1931) Saturday 20 September 1930 p 2 Article
    ... COLOURING COMPETITION Mickey And Minnie Prove Pnnnln* special Certificates for the Colouring Con ... Doman, Nigel felson.' Blue — Bruce -Kingston, Jean Davis, Claire Schultz. __ Red — Helen Clezy Deane ... 468 words
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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
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  1. Golden fiddles
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  4. Minnie and the super guys / Jane Godwin
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  1. Website: Australian Women's Archives Project
    www.womenaustralia.info
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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. The peculiar honeymoon and other writings / by Mary Grant Bruce ; edited by Prue McKay
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  2. Back to Billabong / Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
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  3. Circus ring / by Mary Grant Bruce
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  4. Wings above Billabong / by Mary Grant Bruce
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
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    [ Poster, chart, other : 1997 ]
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    [ Photograph : 1799-1966 ]
  4. Autobiographical notes
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    [ Photograph : 1900-1972 ]
  1. Papers
    Bruce, Mary Grant, 1878-1958
    [ 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 ]
    At National Library
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  3. A child's garden of verses / by Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrated by Charles Robinson
    Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
    [ Book, Audio book : 1855-2011 ]
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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)
    Parks, Joy
    Herizons
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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  3. Belles Lettres Interview. (interview with Minnie Bruce Pratt, poet, essayist and teacher) (Interview)
    Auerbach, Elaine
    Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women
    [ Photograph, Article : 1992 ]
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  4. Reconstructing self, sex, and the south: Minnie Bruce Pratt's walking back up depot street.(Critical essay)
    Peckham, Joel
    Texas Studies in Literature and Language
    [ Article : 2013 ]
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