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Welcome to this website on Catherine Helen Spence featuring a chronological bibliography of her writings as well as writings about her.
This chronological bibliography of over 2,130 items was compiled by South Australian historian and writer Dr Barbara Wall, and provides comprehensive access to the vast published output of Spence between 1845 and 1910, and beyond this date, to the tributes and biographical material about Spence which extend into the 1990s.
Catherine Helen Spence was Australia's first truly professional woman journalist and first female political candidate, as well as a fearless social and political reformer in South Australia. Her influence on suffrage, culminating in South Australia being the first state in the world to give women the right to stand for Parliament, extended beyond Australia.
As an indication of her continuing influence, Adelaide's daily newspaper The Advertiser on 20 December 1999 included Catherine Helen Spence in its list of the ten greatest South Australians of the 20th century, and this despite the fact that most of her work was done in the 19th century.
Spence's role in Federation was recognised nationally by her placement on one side of Australia's 2001 Federation five dollar note, with Sir Henry Parkes 'the father of federation' on the other. The five dollar note is reproduced here with kind permission of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
If you have any original items by Spence, you may wish to contact The State Library of South Australia with a view to a copy being made for the Library, or the original being donated as a Cultural Bequest with taxation benefits, please email the Archival Field Officers.
If you have other references to Spence's published works which are not in this bibliography, please email Jenny Scott at the Library.
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