Catherine Helen Spence


Biographical note

Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician and leading suffragette. In 1897 she became Australia's first female political candidate after standing (unsuccessfully) for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide.

Her first major work was the novel Clara Morison: a tale of South Australia during the Gold Fever, published by J W Parker and Son in 1854. Her second novel Tender and True was published in 1856, and to her delight went through a second and third printing.

In 1888 she published A Week In the Future, a tour-tract of the utopia she imagined a century in the future might bring; it was one of the precursors of Edward Bellamy's 1889 Looking Backward.


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