Australian Women Writers

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female writers such as Portia de Rossi, Germaine Greer, P. L. Travers, Judith Wright, Mem Fox.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Teresa Palmer
(Actress, Model and Film Producer)

Teresa Palmer
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Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Teresa Palmer is best known for her roles in movies such as The Choice, Lights Out, I Am Number Four, and The Grudge 2. She worked in malls and wished to work in animal welfare, before being scouted by an agent. Her first full-fledged film, 2:37, was featured at Cannes.

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Isla Fisher
(Actress)

Isla Fisher
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Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Australian actress Isla Fisher attained widespread fame in 2005 when she starred in the commercially successful Hollywood film Wedding Crashers. Some of her other notable films are The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, I Heart Huckabees, Bachelorette, Rango and Rise of the Guardians. She has also acted in television series and is an author of children’s books.

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Germaine Greer
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Birthdate: January 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian author and feminist Germaine Greer made headlines with her first book, The Female Eunuch, which focused on female sexuality. Greer’s career boasts of a PhD in literature, and she has also taught at the University of Warwick and other institutes. She was later named an Australian National Living Treasure.

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Liane Moriarty
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Birthdate: November 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Liane Moriarty is an Australian author best known for writing the New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies. The book was later adapted into a TV series for HBO. Prior to becoming a famous author, she worked at a legal publishing company. She has also worked as a freelance advertising copywriter.  Her siblings Jaclyn and Nicola are also authors. 

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Colleen McCullough
(Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science fiction writer)

Colleen McCullough
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Birthdate: June 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 29, 2015

Australian author Colleen McCullough soared to fame with her bestselling novel The Thorn Birds, which was also made into a hit miniseries. Fans also lover her Masters of Rome and Carmine Delmonico series of novels. A former neuropsychologist, she has previously taught at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Robyn Davidson
(Explorer, Writer)

Robyn Davidson
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Birthdate: September 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miles

Robyn Davidson is an Australian writer best known for her book Tracks, in which she wrote about her 2,700 km (1,700 miles) trek across the deserts of Western Australia using camels. As a teenager, she lived a bohemian life and has since traveled across the world. Her book Tracks won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1980. 

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
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Birthdate: March 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whakatane

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton is a New Zealand-born woman who was wrongfully accused of killing her nine-week-old daughter, Azaria. The child went missing when her family was on a camping trip, and Lindy was accused of killing the child after Azaria’s bloody clothes were found. She was later officially pardoned by the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory. 

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Susan Powter
(Motivational Speaker, Nutritionist & Author)

Susan Powter
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Birthdate: December 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Susan Powter moved from Australia to the U.S. with her parents at 10. While coping with her first divorce, she had gained weight, which eventually motivated her to become a fitness enthusiast. Now a prominent nutritionist, fitness blogger, and talk-show host, she is known for her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!"

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Silvia Colloca
(Actress, Opera Singer, Cookbook Author & TV Cookery Show Personality)

Silvia Colloca
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Birthdate: July 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Silvia Colloca is an Italian-Australian actress, cookbook author, opera singer, and TV cookery show personality.  An opera-trained mezzo-soprano, she worked in musical theater before becoming an actress. She later created her own TV cookery shows that earned her much international prominence. She also runs a successful YouTube channel in collaboration with Marion Grasby.  

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Rhonda Byrne
(Television writer, producer whose thought book The Secret is based on the law of attraction)

Rhonda Byrne
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Birthdate: March 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Rhonda Byrne, noted Australian television writer-producer, was introduced to the New Thought Movement when she read The Science of Getting Rich. It resulted in the production of a pseudoscientific documentary film called The Secret, which was followed in the same year by a bestselling eponymous book. Today she has six titles her credit, which together forms The Secret Book Series.

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Jelena Dokić
(Tennis player who was world No. 4, in August 2002)

Jelena Dokić
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Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Yugoslavian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic had once been world number 4 in singles. While she represented Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and Australia in international events, post-retirement, she has mostly been associated with Australian tennis as a coach, author, and sports commentator. She accused her father of abuse in her memoir.

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Kerry Greenwood
(Famous for Her Phryne Fisher Series of Historical Detective Novels)

Kerry Greenwood
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Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Footscray, Australia

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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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Melissa Leong
(Co-host and judge of MasterChef Australia and Junior MasterChef Australia)

Melissa Leong
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Birthdate: March 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Kathy Lette
(Novelist)

Kathy Lette
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Birthdate: November 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian-British writer Kathy Lette initially gained fame with the book Puberty Blues, which was made into a movie and a series. She then became a sitcom writer. Known for her bestsellers such as The Boy Who Fell to Earth and How to Kill Your Husband, Kathy is a true-blue feminist.

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Julie Goodwin
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Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

While she initially pursued a degree in education, Julie Goodwin later quit and focused on youth work. The celebrity chef later won the first season of Masterchef Australia and has since penned cookbooks too. She is also a columnist and a singer, and has had her own cooking show, Home Cooked!

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Joanne van Os
(Memoirist, Children's writer)

Joanne van Os
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Australia

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Trudi Canavan
(Best Known for Her Best-Selling Fantasy Trilogies 'The Black Magician' & 'Age of The Five')

Trudi Canavan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Mary Gilmore
(Journalist, Poet, Writer)

Mary Gilmore
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Birthdate: August 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goulburn
Died: December 3, 1962

Mary Gilmore was an Australian writer and journalist. She wrote both prose and poetry and is recognized for her tremendous contribution to Australian literature. As a young woman, she became a school teacher and held utopian socialist views. She eventually started writing and gained fame as an author and poet later in life. 

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Kate Morton
(writer)

Kate Morton
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Berri

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Miles Franklin
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Birthdate: October 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Talbingo, Australia
Died: September 19, 1954

Miles Franklin was an Australian feminist and writer best remembered for her 1901 novel My Brilliant Career. Franklin, who made immense contributions to Australian literature, was honored with the prestigious S. H. Prior Memorial Prize twice during her illustrious career. The Miles Franklin Award and the Stella Prize were established in her honor.

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Marion Grasby
(Television presenter, Cookbook author and Food journalist)

Marion Grasby
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Birthdate: September 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

 23 
Oodgeroo Noonuccal
(Political activist, artist and educator, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.

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Mem Fox
(Writer)

Mem Fox
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Birthdate: March 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne

Australian children’s author Merrion Frances Fox, better known as Mem Fox, has penned popular books such as Possum Magic and Time for Bed. She previously taught literacy studies at Flinders University. Her book Guess What? was listed on the U.S. list of the most challenged books.

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Helen Garner
(Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter)

Helen Garner
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Birthdate: November 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Geelong

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Sara Ahmed
(Independent Feminist Scholar)

Sara Ahmed
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Birthdate: August 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salford, England

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Justine Schofield
(Television Presenter)

Justine Schofield
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Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Jordan Raskopoulos
(Writer and performer on the Network Ten sketch comedy show)

Jordan Raskopoulos
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Birthdate: January 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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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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Jocelyn Moorhouse
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)

Jocelyn Moorhouse
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Birthdate: September 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne

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Sheila Jeffreys
(university teacher)

Sheila Jeffreys
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Birthdate: May 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Australia

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Jennifer Rowe
(Writer, Novelist, Children's writer)

Jennifer Rowe
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Birthdate: April 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney

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Kate Grenville
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Birthdate: October 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian author Kate Grenville is best known for her Orange Prize-winning novel The Idea of Perfection and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning book The Secret River. She has previously also edited documentaries and taught creative writing. The Officer of the Order of Australia awardee has also earned several honorary doctorates.

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Helen Caldicott
(Physician, Autobiographer)

Helen Caldicott
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Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

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Jill K. Conway
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Birthdate: October 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hillston, Australia
Died: June 1, 2018

Doris Pilkington Garimara
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Birthdate: July 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balfour Downs Station, Newman, Australia
Died: April 10, 2014

 37 
Ruth Park
(Author)

Ruth Park
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Birthdate: August 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: December 14, 2010

Ruth Park was a New Zealand–born Australian writer whose works earned her numerous awards in both Australia and internationally between 1946 and 2004. She is perhaps best remembered for her 1948 novel The Harp in the South, which was translated into 37 languages. Also known as a children's writer, Ruth Park was honored with the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 2008.

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Catherine Helen Spence
(Author, Journalist & Politician)

Catherine Helen Spence
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Birthdate: October 31, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melrose, Scotland
Died: April 3, 1910

Catherine Helen Spence was a 19th-century Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, and politician. One of the leading suffragists of her era, she was also a minister of religion and social worker. She supported electoral proportional representation. Australian writer and feminist Miles Franklin called her the "Greatest Australian Woman". 

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Mary Augusta Ward
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Birthdate: June 11, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
Died: March 24, 1920

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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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Sally Morgan
(Author, Artist)

Sally Morgan
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Birthdate: January 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia

Sally Morgan is an Australian dramatist, author, and artist. Counted among the important Australian Aboriginal figures, Morgan is respected for her work and has been honored with several awards like Human Rights Literature and Other Writing Award. Her works are showcased in several public and private collections around the world. Morgan’s work is also displayed at the Australian National Gallery.

Henry Handel Richardson
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Birthdate: January 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 20, 1946

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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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Randa Abdel-Fattah
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Birthdate: June 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Melina Marchetta
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Birthdate: March 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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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Ethel Turner
(Novelist)

Ethel Turner
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Birthdate: January 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doncaster, England
Died: April 8, 1958

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Pam Brown
(Writer, Poet, Performer)

Pam Brown
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Seymour, Australia

Pam Brown is an Australian poet and writer. A multi-talented woman, she worked in many jobs as a silkscreen printer, postal worker, and bookseller when young. Later on, she taught writing, multi-media studies, and film-making to students. She has also worked as a librarian. She is a recipient of the ALS Gold Medal, among other honors. 

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Dorothy Hewett
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Birthdate: May 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Dorothy Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist, and playwright, often credited to be one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers. She studied English at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and wrote for a Communist newspaper under a pseudonym. Over time, she established herself as a prominent author of feminist literature. She received the Christopher Brennan Award.

Katharine Susannah Prichard
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Birthdate: December 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Levuka, Fiji
Died: October 2, 1969