Mary Eliza Fullerton

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Mary Eliza Fullerton
Born 14 May 1868
Glenmaggie, Victoria, Australia
Died 23 February 1946 (1946-02-24) (aged 77)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Author

Mary Eliza Fullerton (14 May 1868 – 23 February 1946) was an Australian writer.


Fullerton was born in Glenmaggie, Victoria, was educated at home by her mother and at the local state school. After leaving school she stayed on her parents property, until she moved to Melbourne in her early twenties. She was active in the women's suffrage movement from the 1890s and early 1900s. During World War I she wrote articles on feminist issues and arguing against conscription for Victorian publications. She visited England in 1912 and moved there in 1922.

Literary career[edit]

She wrote stories, articles and verse for magazines and periodicals, sometimes under the pseudonym Alpenstock. She wrote three novels between 1921 and 1925 under her own name, but fearing prejudice against her as a woman without a university education, publication of her two last works in verse, Moles do so little with their privacy and The wonder and the apple, were published under the pseudonym E. Their publication was arranged by her friend Miles Franklin. Her identity as their author was revealed after her death.


See also[edit]


  • O'Neill, S. Fullerton, Mary Eliza (1868 - 1946), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 8, Melbourne University Press, 1981, p. 598.
  • Martin, S. 2001, Passionate Friends: Mary Fullerton, Mabel Singleton and Miles Franklin, London, Onlywomen Press.
  • Martin, S. 1998, 'Becoming-Violet: Mary Fullerton's Poetry and Lesbian Desire', Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 1997, ASAL 1998, pp. 99–104.
  • Martin, S. 1997, 'Desire in the Love Poetry of Mary Fullerton', Hecate, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 95–103.
  • Martin,S. 1996, The polygamy of friendship : Mary Fullerton, Mabel Singleton, and Miles Franklin, Thesis (Ph.D.), Griffith University.
  • Martin, S. 1994, 'Past All I Know is All I Feel: Mary Fullerton's Poetry and Lesbian Desire', in Kay Ferres, ed. Coastscripts: Gender Representations in the Arts, AIWRAP: Griffith University, pp. 15–26.
  • Martin, S. 1993, 'Rethinking Passionate Friendships: the Writing of Mary Fullerton', Women's History Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 395–406.

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