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Gunn, Aeneas

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Celebrated Australian author, Gunn is also known for her welfare work during and after World War I. Taught by her mother, Gunn passed her matriculation exam at the age of 17. Later, along with her sisters, she opened a private school in their home and taught gymnastics and elocution. She married Aeneas James Gunn in 1901 and moved with him to a cattle station in the Outback where he worked as a manager. After her husband’s death in 1903, she moved back to Melbourne. She then travelled to Monbulk, a settlement in Victoria, with her father. Gunn actively participated in the welfare work for World War I soldiers and their families. She was made patron of the Soldiers Assistance Relief Fund in 1925. In appreciation for her philanthropic work and contribution to Australian literature she was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1939. Gunn’s writings include The Little Black Princess (1905), We of the Never Never (1908), and My Boys – A Book of Remembrance (2000).

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Celebrated Australian author, Gunn is also known for her welfare work during and after World War I. She was warded the Order of the British Empire in 1939.

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