Famous Australian Short Story Writers

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Henry Lawson
(Writer)

Henry Lawson
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Birthdate: June 17, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grenfell
Died: September 2, 1922

Henry Lawson was an Australian bush poet and writer. Often referred to as Australia's greatest short story writer, Lawson is one of the best-known Australian fiction writers and poets of the colonial period. Also a nationalist, Henry Lawson contributed immensely to a popular Australian magazine named The Bulletin. In 1949, he was featured in an Australian postage stamp.

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Judith Wright
(Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights)

Judith Wright
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Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

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Shirley Hazzard
(Novelist)

Shirley Hazzard
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Birthdate: January 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 12, 2016

Australian-born American author Shirley Hazzard is best known for her Lost Man Booker Prize-shortlisted book The Bay of Noon and the National Book Award-winning The Great Fire. She has also penned various non-fiction volumes on the United Nations, where she had worked as a typist for a decade.

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 4 
Max Barry
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Max Barry
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Birthdate: March 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Angela Thirkell
(Novelist)

Angela Thirkell
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Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: January 29, 1961

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Gerald Murnane
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Birthdate: February 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coburg, Victoria, Australia

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Alexis Wright
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Birthdate: November 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cloncurry, Australia
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 8 
Christina Stead
(Novelist)

Christina Stead
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Birthdate: July 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rockdale, Australia
Died: March 31, 1983

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Elizabeth Jolley
(Australian author)

Elizabeth Jolley
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Birthdate: June 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: February 13, 2007

Elizabeth Jolley was an English-born Australian author who wrote 15 novels, three non-fiction books, and four short story collections after beginning to write at the age of 53. Jolley, who achieved significant critical acclaim for her work, also taught at Curtin University where she mentored several writers like Tim Winton. She also won several awards like National Book Council Award.

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Xavier Herbert
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Birthdate: May 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Hedland, Australia
Died: November 10, 1984

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Thea Astley
(Novelist)

Thea Astley
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Birthdate: August 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Queensland, Australia
Died: August 17, 2004

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Steele Rudd
(Writer)

Steele Rudd
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Birthdate: November 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drayton, Australia
Died: October 11, 1935

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Janette Turner Hospital
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Birthdate: November 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Martin Boyd
(Writer)

Martin Boyd
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Birthdate: June 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: June 3, 1972

Martin Boyd was part of the famous Beckett–Boyd family of Australia, which defined much of the country’s culture, including literature. He initially served in the army and then began writing using the pseudonym Martin Mills. He is best remembered for his Australian saga The Montforts.

Thomas Alexander Browne
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Birthdate: August 6, 1826
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 11, 1915

Thomas Alexander Browne was an Australian author better known by his pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood. His 1882 bushranging novel Robbery Under Arms is considered his best-known work. Despite having a busy career as a police magistrate and gold commissioner, he always devoted ample time to his literary pursuits and published several novels and short stories. 

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Vance Palmer
(Novelist)

Vance Palmer
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Birthdate: August 28, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bundaberg, Australia
Died: July 15, 1959

Vance Palmer was an Australian novelist, dramatist, essayist, and critic. He loved to write from a young age and studied contemporary writing at the School of Arts. Later on, he married Nettie Higgins and they began to publish short stories, poetry, and criticism together. Palmer’s best-known work is The Legend of the Nineties. 

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Geoffrey Dutton
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Birthdate: August 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anlaby, Australia
Died: September 17, 1998

Geoffrey Dutton was an Australian author and historian. He studied at the University of Adelaide, where he started writing for the avant-garde journal Angry Penguins. He went on to have a prolific career, during which he wrote or edited over 200 books across a range of genres. He was a co-founder of the paperback publishing company Sun Books. 

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Kylie Tennant
(Novelist)

Kylie Tennant
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Birthdate: March 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manly, Australia
Died: February 28, 1988

Author Kylie Tennant won the S. H. Prior Memorial Prize with her first novel, Tiburon. She is also known for her novel The Battlers, apart from her travel writing and children’s books. Initially a journalist, she later conducted her own research on the downtrodden sections of Australia for her novels.

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Hal Porter
(Novelist)

Hal Porter
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Birthdate: February 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albert Park, Australia
Died: September 29, 1984

Hal Porter emerged as a writer during the WWII with a collection of short stories. However, it took him few more years to establish himself as a successful author, publishing his best work, a memoir entitled The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony, in 1963.  Also a successful poet and novelist he was made an AM for service to literature.

William Baylebridge
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Birthdate: December 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: May 7, 1942

William Baylebridge aka Charles William Blocksidge was one of leading Australian writers of his time. Beginning his career with a booklet of verse entitled Songs o’ the South at the age of twenty-five, he went on to publish fifteen more books, containing poems and short stories, among which the best known are Love Redeemed, This Vital Flesh and Anzac Muster.