Book - Bruce of the Boonerong Camp / by Lillian M. Pyke
From the Collection of Port Fairy Historical Society Museum and Archives 30 Gipps Street Port Fairy 3284
- 256 p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 19 cm.
- VPFH 09.11.005
- lillian pyke, country life -- queensland -- juvenile fiction., railroads -- construction -- juvenile fiction., children's stories., railroad construction workers -- queensland -- juvenile fiction., railroads -- design and construction -- juvenile fiction., australia -- social life and customs -- juvenile fiction., target audience
- Lillian Maxwell Pyke (1881-1927), author, was born on 25 August 1881 at Belfast (Port Fairy), Victoria, tenth child and one of three daughters of Robert Moseley Heath, a draper from Totnes, Devon, England, and his wife Susannah Ellen, née Wilson, of Kent. Lillian was described as both a teacher and a journalist before her marriage to Richard Dimond Pyke on 7 April 1906 at Canterbury Road, Toorak; he was an accountant working in Brisbane and formerly of Collingwood. They moved to Queensland where he was employed as accountant in a railway construction camp at Monkland, near Gympie. Her first child was born there in 1907, followed by two more children in 1908 and 1912. Richard Pyke shot himself in the head on 4 December 1914, aged 37. Lillian returned to Melbourne with her children. In order to support and educate them she returned to writing.
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- Written by Belfast (Port Fairy) born Lillian Pyke author of Australian Etiquette which was first published in1918 and reprinted many times up until the 1960's.
- 22 Jun 2020 at 11:48AM