Mary Grant Bruce was a journalist and children's author when fiction was an important component of newspapers.
She joined The Age after leaving school and a series on Melbourne hospitals won her respect as a journalist.
But it was as a fictional story-teller that she made her mark as Australia's best-selling children's author for 25 years.
Bruce's books featured vivid descriptions of the beauty and danger of the Australian bush and colloquial dialogue celebrating the art of yarning.
Her stories of mateship, the Anzac spirit and bush hospitality helped frame attitudes towards the Australian identity.
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