Australian Christmas Yarns

Norah Linton in A Little Bush Maid.  Painting by John Lennox.Australian Christmas Yarns

As well as being responsible for the weekly Children’s Corner section of The Leader newspaper for fifteen years, Mary Grant Bruce would normally write one or more special short stories for the Christmas edition.  Some of these were just for children, but many were written for the wider audience.  After she left The Leader when her career as a novelist took off, she still wrote some Christmas stories from time to time.  The result is a considerable body of works, including many real gems.  Almost all of them have a distinctively Australian flavour, as well might be expected from this most Australian of authors.






A Christmas Cinderella
A Christmas Fairy Tale
A Christmas Misadventure
A Christmas Peacemaker
A Coastwise Christmas
A Gentleman by Accident
A Gift Exchange
A Pantomime Princess
An Australian Christmas
Behind the Scenes
Brother Santa Claus
Christmas at Henderson’s
Cinderella’s Christmas
Dono’s Christmas
Her Little Lad
Home for Christmas
How Grandfather Woke Up
In Great Waters
Miranda Jane’s Christmas
On Christmas Stockings
Our Christmas Eve, published in The Daily Telegraph, 8 December 1925
Santa Claus, Helper
Santa Claus, Junior
Santa Claus, Mediator
Scared of Santa Claus
The Christmas Cook, published in The Woman, 18 December 1908
The Hammock
The Queerest Christmas, published in Woman’s World, December 1926
The Valley of Forgetfulness
To Find Christmas, published in The Southern Sphere, November 1910
War and Christmas
Winton’s Christmas


Mary Grant Bruce’s short stories are under copyright owned by the Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust.

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