Miscellaneous Short Stories

Norah Linton in Cunjee in A Little Bush Maid. Painting by John Lennox.Miscellaneous Short Stories

The table shows Mary Grant Bruce’s miscellaneous short stories.  These are not listed elsewhere on this site.  It supplements the Anthologies and the other Short Stories pages.

These stories cover a wide range, including yarns for children and for adults, news reports and travelogues.  Some of them are very funny.

There are two somewhat longer articles from Blackwood’s Magazine (Edinburgh).  First, a subject she knew very well: ‘Gippsland’ (1938).  Second,  ‘Ships I have Known’ (1939).  Mary recounts how, at age eight, she was avidly reading the penny dreadful ‘Jack Harkaway’ naval adventures: “With that dauntless hero I went through incredible naval adventures . . . The unfortunate accident of being a girl, for which I blamed my parents bitterly, was no real hindrance to my rapid promotion to flag rank.  Not even the First Lord of the Admiralty could have held me back.”

The Age (Melbourne) published 25 of these stories.  It was  the weekday, city only, counterpart to The Leader, Victoria’s statewide weekend paper.  One was Mary Grant Bruce’s final story:  ‘Wool — and the Man From Leeds’.  The Age published it as a scoop in 1951.  That year,  Mary turned 73 years old!  The article was a prescient warning about the new synthetic textile fibres and what that might mean for Australians.  The national economy had “ridden on the sheep’s back” for over a century.

This table is not complete.  We have not been able to find Mary’s contributions to Cassell’s Magazine, Strand and The Windsor Magazine in Australian libraries.  If you can supply and prove additional information for them, please do contact us so that we can improve this page.

Miscellaneous Short Stories

Gum NutsBBC Broadcast1937
Jill's SaturdayBBC Broadcast1935
GippslandBlackwood's Magazine1938
Ships I have KnownBlackwood's Magazine1939
FriendsBritish Girls Annual 19141913
The Women Who Made UsCentenary Gift Book1934
Wattle Day in AustraliaDaily Mail (London)1913
Lives of MenJunior Red Cross Record1944
A Bush FireRegister1910
A Bargain SaleThe Age
A Day in DurbanThe Age1913
A Gippsland MorningThe Age1906
Babies and Common SenseThe Age
Bachelor WomenThe Age
Bands Under DifficultiesThe Age
In the Victoria MarketThe Age
Life's EmbroideriesThe Age
MistThe Age1913
Mothers of TomorrowThe Age1912
Servants of the PitThe Age1913
Show BabiesThe Age1911
Tell Me A StoryThe Age1912
The Prison of AgeThe Age1912
The Show CrecheThe Age1912
The TreeThe Age
The Unemployed WomanThe Age
The Womans' ConferenceThe Age1912
Two Ways of LivingThe Age1912
With the Show CrowdThe Age1912
Women and NewsThe Age
Wool — and The Man From LeedsThe Age1951
Working Girls “At Home”The Age
Girls in BusinessThe Age?1912
Women and PrideThe Age?1912
WastedThe Argus1907
The Capture of O'ConnorThe Australasian Traveller1906
An Australian MorningThe British Girl's Annual 19141913
A Ballad of Dead "Pars" The Bulletin
A Religious OutlookThe Bulletin
A Snake StoryThe Lone Hand1912
Port Arthur TodayThe Lone Hand1913
A Deal in LeatherThe Northern Miner (Charters Towers)1907
The Forgotten Dead: A Hobart GraveyardThe Southern Sphere1912
The Gippsland Lakes TripThe Southern Sphere1912
An Empire's MonumentThe Woman's Paper1907
Alanna's MindTraralgon Journal
Value for MoneyWest Wyalong Advocate1942
A Summer VisitorWoman's World1925
ApplesWoman's World1926
Bob and the BarracoutaWoman's World1925
Dawn -- A Story of QueenslandWoman's World1926
How Freda Rode the Black MareWoman's World1925
Labour Savers for AustraliaWoman's World1928
Labour Savers from OlympiaWoman's World1928
The Barracks BabyWoman's World1926
The Black Imp's RaceWoman's World1926
The Boy Who was a ChangelingWoman's World1925
The Cruise of Jimmy ParkerWoman's World1927
The Match BoxWoman's World1925
The Straw SlipperWoman's World1925
The Swagman Who Did Not Use SoapWoman's World1925
A Knight-Errant of the Road
A Little Brick: A Study of Australian Farm Life
A Woman of Cork
Armistice Day in Rome
Below Stairs
Brighter Broadcasting Breakfasts
Cupboard Papers
Daughters of the Bush
Economy in Clothes
Eel Yarns
Escape with Treasure
Exaggerations of Speech
Facing New Jobs
Illicit Gold Buying
Immigrants and Wives
Pioneering in Australia
Poppies and Remembrance
Publican and Sinners
School for Wives
Schools Exhibition1906
Snakes and Their Ways
South Street Prizes1904?
The Burying of Hennessy
The Canvasser
The Captain of the Pearl Star
The Girl With a Tongue
The Inconstant Charwoman
The Morning of the Cup
The Problem of the Hired Girl
The Reaping
The Roving Spirit of the Londoner
The Swing of the Axe
The Working Daughter
This Day
Very Legitimate Guys

The Trustee of The Mary Grant Bruce Family Trust owns the copyrights to Mary Grant Bruce’s short stories.


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