Ethel Anderson

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Ethel Anderson (née Campbell) (March 16, 1883—August 4, 1958) was an early twentieth century Australian poet, essayist and novelist. She considered herself to be mainly a poet, but is now best appreciated for her witty and ironic stories.[1]


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Bibliography
  • 3 References
  • 4 Notes


Ethel Anderson was born in Warwickshire, England.[2] Her family soon moved back to Australia and she grew up in Sydney and at Rangamatty, near Picton, New South Wales. In 1904 she married Brigadier-General Austin Anderson in Bombay where she had accompanied him on his posting. In 1907 they had a daughter.

At the beginning of World War I her husband was posted to France and Anderson moved to Cambridge, England, where she drawing at Downing College and exhibited some of her work. They later lived in Worcestershire, and on her husband's retirement from the army in 1924 the family moved to Turramurra, New South Wales, where he was secretary to several State Governors.

There Anderson associated with contemporary artists such as Roy de Maistre and Grace Cossington Smith and an exhibition of Roland Wakelin's work was held at her home. She also wrote about their work for magazines such as Art in Australia and Home, while her poetry and stories were published in The Spectator, Punch, the Cornhill Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin . Her poetry was influenced by her knowledge of French literature and Modernist work, with considerable formal and metrical experimentation. Her poem The Song of Hagar was set to music by John Antill.

The death of her husband in 1949 meant that she had to support herself, which she did through her writing, serialising her first novel At Parramatta in The Bulletin. She died on August 4, 1958.



  • Squatter's Luck and Other Poems (1942)
  • Sunday At Yarralumla: A Symphony (1947)
  • The Song of Hagar to the Patriarch Abraham (1957)


  • Adventures In Appleshire (1944)
  • Timeless Garden (1945)
  • Joy of Youth: The Letters of Patrick Hore-Ruthven (1950, ed.)


  • Indian Tales (1948)
  • At Parramatta (1956)
  • The Little Ghosts (1959)
  • The Best of Ethel Anderson (1973, ed. by J.D. Pringle)
  • Adelaide, Debra (1986) Australian Women Writers: A Bibliographic Guide, London, Pandora


  1. ^ Adelaide (1986) p. 3
  2. ^ Rutledge, Martha (2000). Anderson, Ethel Campbell Louise (1883 - 1958). Melbourne University Press. Retrieved on 2007-02-10.

NAME Anderson, Ethel
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Ethel Campbell (Maiden name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION Early twentieth century Australian poet
DATE OF BIRTH March 16, 1883
PLACE OF BIRTH Lillington, Warwick, England
DATE OF DEATH August 4, 1958
PLACE OF DEATH Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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