Jean Spender

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Lady Jean Spender, Australian writer, was born Jean Maud Henderson at Burwood, New South Wales in 1901. As J. M. Spender she wrote crime fiction.[1]

On 6 April 1925 she married the then barrister Percy Spender at Coraki in Northern New South Wales. Percy Spender later became a politician and diplomat and was made KCVO, KBE, QC. The couple had two sons.[2] One son, John Spender, was also a politician and diplomat. The other, Peter Spender, wrote and produced several documentary films.[3]

Jean Spender wrote racy and successful crime thrillers, most of which are set in Sydney with a lightly disguised Percy Spender as the hero.[4]

Spender was an aunt of Dale Spender, feminist scholar, teacher and writer.

Jean Spender died on 25 March 1970 at Sydney.


  • The Charge Is Murder!, Sydney: Dymocks, 1933 (novel)
  • Death Comes in the Night, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1938 (novel)
  • Full Moon for Murder, London: Evans Brothers, 1948 (novel)
  • Seven Days for Hanging, London: Robert Hale, 1958 (novel)
  • Murder on the Prowl, London: Robert Hale, 1960 (novel)
  • Death Renders Account, London: Robert Hale, 1960 (novel)
  • Ambassador's Wife, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1968 (autobiography)


  1. ^ a b Austlit — J. M. Spender. Accessed 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography. Accessed 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ Austlit — Peter Spender. Accessed 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ The Australian 7 July 2010. Accessed 10 February 2015.

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