Palmer, Nettie ___ 1885-1964 ___ Australian ___ poet

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Nettie was born in Bendigo, Victoria, the niece of Henry Bournes Higgins, a leading Victorian political figure and later a federal minister and justice of the High Court of Australia. She studied education at the University of Melbourne and literature in Germany and France. In 1908, she met Vance Palmer, and they married in London in 1914. With the outbreak of war, they returned to Australia, and campaigned against conscription. They lived in the fishing village of Caloundra, Queensland, and had two daughters - Aileen and Helen. In 1924, Nettie published an academic study of Australian literature, and, in 1931, a biography of her uncle, Higgins. In the mid-1930s, the Palmers travelled to Europe, but before returning to Australia, one of their daughters, Aileen, joined the International Brigades in Spain. By the time of the Second World War, neither Vance nor Nettie were in the best of health, but they continued their literary endeavours. Aileen suffered a mental breakdown in 1948, and Vance was attacked as a Communist 'fellow traveller' in the 1950s.
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1910-1922 1925-1939 ___ literary political self culture people

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