Author/Editor: Catherine Helen Spence

Biography

Catherine Helen Spence, born in Scotland in 1825, migrated with her family to the new colony of South Australia in 1839. She became a teacher and journalist, an untiring philanthropist, wrote eight novels, travelled the world twice and worked as a lobbyist for proportional representation. She was Australia's first woman candidate for political office (unsuccessful) and when she died in 1910 was described as 'the grand old woman of Australia'. Spence's life demonstrated that a nineteenth-century Australian woman could achieve a lifestyle which even in the twenty-first century can be described as satisfyingly liberated.



Books published by, or available from, Spinifex
Mr Hogarth's Will

Out Now
The Floating Garden

The Floating Garden


Emma Ashmere

Sydney, Milsons Point, 1926. Entire streets are being demolished for the building of the Harbour Bridge. Ellis Gilbey,...


The End of Patriarchy

The End of Patriarchy


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Prostitution Narratives

Prostitution Narratives


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The Great Climate Robbery

The Great Climate Robbery


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The great climate robbery provides valuable information about how the industrial food system causes climate change, how...

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