About Mary Grant Bruce
During World War II, Mary Grant Bruce worked for the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) Women’s Association and sold her autographs at charity auctions for the war effort. She also wrote almost 200 patriotic talks for the the Department of Information. She presented them as Australian Broadcasting Commission national radio broadcasts, and on some commercial stations, over 1939-42.
Mary Grant Bruce was the best-selling Australian children’s author throughout most of the years from around 1915 to the mid-1950s, and book sales during her lifetime have been estimated at over three million copies. She was enormously popular with children, and was inundated when she made herself available to sign copies of her books at various school and public libraries.
George Bruce passed away in 1949, and Mary decided to spend her last years in England, where she lived until her death in July 1958. She was survived by her son, Jonathan and four grandchildren. Her works continue to be read around the world, and they make it a better place.
Mary Grant Bruce’s life has been the subject of two biographies: Billabong’s Author, by Alison Alexander, published by Angus and Robertson in 1979; and Seven Little Billabongs, by Brenda Niall, published by Melbourne University Press in the same year.