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Devanny, Jane (Jean) (1894 - 1962)

Activist, Novelist and Writer


"Jean Devanny played an active role in literary organizations. She helped to found the Writers League with Katharine Susannah Prichard and Egon Kisch, and was its first president in 1935; in 1937 it was converted into the Writers Association. By 1945 she was a leading light in the presentation by the Fellowship of Australian Writers of a submission to the Tariff Board seeking literary protection. The last two decades of her life were spent in North Queensland. During this period, she documented much of the area in very readable 'walkabout' books and articles. She died with chronic leukaemia at Townsville on 8 March 1962 and was cremated at Rockhampton."

See Ron Store, 'Devanny, Jane (Jean) (1894 - 1962)', Australian Dictionary of Biography Online.



  • Devanny, Jean, Travels in North Queensland, Jarrolds, London, 1951, 111-3 pp. PDF Details

Book Sections

  • Milner, Andrew, 'Radical Intellectuals: an unacknowledged legislature?', in Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee (eds), Constructing a culture: a people's history of Australia since 1788, McPhee Gribble/ Penguin Books, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 259-84. PDF Details