Louise Mack

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Marie Louise Hamilton Mack (10 October 1870 – 23 November 1935) was an Australian poet, journalist and novelist.


Mack was born in Hobart, Tasmania.[1] Her father, Hans Hamilton Mack, was a Wesleyan minister who moved the family from state to state on account of his work. By the time she was ready for secondary school, the family had taken up residence in Sydney. Mack attended Sydney Girls High School where she met Ethel Turner.

On 8 January 1896 she married John Percy Creed (d.1914), a barrister from Dublin; there were no children.


From 1898 until 1901, Mack wrote "A Woman's Letter" for The Bulletin. Her first novel was published in 1896 and her only collection of poetry in 1901. Following this she travelled to England and Europe and did not return to Australia until 1916.

War correspondent[edit]

In 1914 when war broke out Louise Mack was in Belgium where she continued to work as the first woman war correspondent for the Evening News and the London Daily Mail.[2][3] Her eye-witness account of the German invasion of Antwerp and her adventures—A Woman's Experiences in the Great War—was published in 1915.[4]

Returning to Australia[edit]

Returning to Australia in 1916, Mack gave a series of lectures about her war experiences.[5][6] Mack frequently wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin and other newspapers and magazines.[3]

On 1 September 1924 Louise married 33-year-old Allen Illingworth Leyland (d.1932). She died in Mosman, New South Wales in 1935.



  • The World is Round (1896)
  • Teens: A Story of Australian School Girls (1897)
  • Girls Together (1898)
  • An Australian Girl in London (1902)
  • Children of the Sun (1904)
  • The Red Rose of a Summer (1909)
  • Theodora's Husband (1909)
  • In a White Palace (1910)
  • The Romance of a Woman of Thirty (1911)
  • Wife to Peter (1911)
  • Attraction (1913)
  • The Marriage of Edward (1913)
  • The House of Daffodils (1914)
  • The Music Makers: the love story of a woman composer (1914)
  • Teens Triumphant (1933)
  • Maiden's Prayer (1934)

Poetry collection[edit]

  • Dreams in Flower (1901)


  • A Woman's Experiences in the Great War (1915)


  1. ^ Biography
  2. ^ Phelan, Nancy (1986). 'Mack, Marie Louise (1870–1935)'. Australian Dictionary of Biography (Volume 10 ed.) (Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University). Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "DEATH OF LOUISE MACK.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 26 November 1935. p. 12. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Verbatim
  5. ^ "Louise Mack.". Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW: National Library of Australia). 4 January 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "LOUISE MACK.". The Sunday Times (Perth: National Library of Australia). 5 September 1915. p. 13 Section: First Section. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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