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Catherine Helen Spence: 1911-2019

A guide to Catherine Helen Spence featuring writings about her and a chronological bibliography of her works.

1911-2019

1911  
January 17 Miss Spence's autobiography. Register, p. 6e. [Announcement of publication of autobiography in book form. Biographical material.]
March 22 [In 'Notes and Queries'.] The Spence memorial. Register, p. 9c. [Letter by H. Jacob. Biographical material.]
June 6 A Spence memorial. Register, p. 6c-d. [Second leader. Biographical material.]
June 8 The Spence memorial. A scholarship decided upon. Advertiser, p. 11e-f. [Report of meeting held on 7 June 1911 to establish a memorial to Miss Spence. Biographical material.]
June 8 A great South Australian. Memorial to Miss C. H. Spence. Portrait and scholarship. Register, p. 5c-f. [Report of meeting held on 7 June 1911 to establish a memorial to Miss Spence. Biographical material.]
June 9 The Spence memorial. Register, p. 7d. [Letter from Jeanne F. Young,Hon. Secretary Spence Memorial. Biographical material.]
June 14 Catherine Helen Spence. Register, p. 8g. [Poem by 'Leo'. Tribute.]
August 2 The Catherine Spence memorial. Sydney Morning Herald, p. 5f. [Letter by Rose Scott. Biographical material.]
August 5 The Catherine Spence memorial. Register, p. 12h. [Extract from letter by Rose Scott, reprinted from Sydney Morning Herald. Biographical material.]
August 17 [In 'About Women'.] Catherine Helen Spence. Worker, p. 7c. [Extract from a notice of the anniversary of Spence's death, reprinted from Life and Labor, a Chicago women's paper. Tribute.]
September 27 The Spence memorial. Register, p. 12f. [Report on memorial portrait. Biographical material.]
October 21 Portrait of the late Miss Spence. Register, p. 12f. [Report of presentation of portrait. Biographical material.]
October 31 The Spence memorial. Register, p. 6c-d. [Second leader. Biographical material.]
November 1 The Spence memorial. Unveiled in the Art Gallery. Advertiser, 10h-i. [Report of unveiling of Spence's portrait. Biographical material.]
November 1 A woman's work. Register, p. 6e. [Anecdotes from address by Mrs A. H. Young at the unveiling of Spence's portrait. Biographical material.]
November 1 The late Miss Spence. Unveiling of memorial portrait. In National Art Gallery. (i.e. Art Gallery of South Australia.) Register, p. 8f-h. [Report of unveiling of Spence's portrait. Biographical material.]
November 30 [In 'About Women'.] Miss Rose Scott. . . Worker, p. 7c. [Letter from Rose Scott about Spence memorial. Biographical material.]
1912  
  An Australian native's standpoint. Addresses by Will J. Sowden. London, Macmillan, 1912. pp. 253-62. [Tribute to Miss Spence.]
January 19 The Spence scholarship. Register, p. 4d-e. [Second leader. Biographical material.]
May 29 A distinguished Australian woman. Sydney Morning Herald, p. 5b. [Tribute.]
1914  
January 28 Early Australian women writers. Sydney Morning Herald, p. 7e. [Article by E. B. H. Biographical material.]
1916  
  My father's flute. The Adelaide Primer, Part 2. p. 51. [Adelaide], Education Department of South Australia, 1916. [Unsigned single page story for beginning readers. Attributed to Spence in 'Reminiscences of Harriet Cook about Catherine Helen Spence'. Spence Papers, Mortlock Library of South Australiana in State Library of South Australia, PRG 88/20. The only copy I have been able to locate of this story, which must originally have been published in an earlier primer in the 1890s, is in the Library of the Underdale Campus of the University of South Australia.]
1923  
August 14 Pictures from the past. The story of Catherine Helen Spence. Register, p. 6d-f. [Article with photograph. Biographical material.]
1925  
October 17 Catherine Helen Spence centenary. Register, p. 10h. [Report of meeting to set up centenary celebrations. Biographical material.]
October 24 Catherine Helen Spence centenary. Register, p. 13a. [Report of meeting. Biographical material.]
October 27 The late Miss Catherine Helen Spence. Register, 4d-e. [Notice, with photograph, of Spence centenary meeting. Biographical material.]
October 29 Cheer-up talk. Catherine Helen Spence. Noble character. News, p. 5b-c. [Article by 'Irven'. Tribute.]
October 30 'Grand Old Woman.' Catherine Helen Spence. Studied politics. News, p. 5e. [Article with photograph. Tribute.]
October 31 The Spence centenary. Advertiser, p. 13a. [Article with photograph. Biographical material.]
October 31 The Spence centenary. Register, p. 10f. [Third leader. Biographical material.]
October 31 Catherine Helen Spence centenary. Celebration today. Register, p. 13c.[Article. Biographical material.]
October 31 A sermon on 'Brotherhood'. Register, p. 13c. [Abstract of sermon by Miss Spence given at Unitarian Church on 17 July 1904. Biographical material.]
October 31 [In 'Church Announcements'.] Unitarian. Register, p. 16c. [Notice of Commemoration Service. Catherine Helen Spence Centenary. Biographical material.]
November 2 Catherine Helen Spence centenary. Advertiser, p. 15c. [Report of celebration. Biographical material.]
November 2 Catherine Helen Spence. Her work a monument. Speeches at the centenary. Register, p. 8f-g. [Report of Centenary Celebration. Biographical material.]
November 2 Catherine Helen Spence centenary. October 31, 1925. Register, p. 8g. [Poem by Ellie Wemyss. Tribute.]
November 7 The late Miss Catherine Helen Spence. Observer, p. 54c-d. [Notice with photograph of Spence centenary meeting. Biographical material.]
December 2 Helen Spence scholarship. Miss Daisy R. Curtis selected. Register, p. 12h. [History of the Spence scholarship. Biographical material.]
December 7 The Spence scholarship. Register, p. 8c. [Second leader discussing Spence and the scholarship. Biographical material.]
1930  
  The grand old woman of Australia. The story of Catherine Helen Spence. Sydney Opinion, Vol. 1, No. 5, 1 February 1930, p. 49, 50. Sydney. [Article by Marie B. Henry. Tribute.]
1931  
November 13 Wonderful woman. Tribute of a disciple. Remarkable versatility. Advertiser, p. 20h-i. [Three paragraphs by "Rufus" including interview with Mrs Jeanne Young. Biographical material.]
1936  
  The centenary history of South Australia. Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, South Australian Branch. Adelaide, 1936. pp. 352-3. [Tribute. Women writers.]
  "The life and work of Catherine Helen Spence," by Lucy Spence Morice in A Book of South Australia. Women in the first hundred years. Collected and edited by Louise Brown et al. Published for the Women's Centenary Council of South Australia. Adelaide, Rigby Limited. 1936. [Biographical material.]
1937  
  Catherine Helen Spence. A study and an appreciation. By Jeanne F. Young. The Lothian Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd. Melbourne and Sydney. 1937. pp. 211. Biography.]
1945  
October 17 Catherine Spence anniversary. Advertiser, p. 4e-f. [Report of arrangements to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of C. H. Spence. Tribute.]
1971  
  Catherine Helen Spence. Clara Morison. Introduction by Susan Eade.[Seal Australian Fiction.] Adelaide, Rigby Ltd., 1971. pp. 426.
1972  
  Catherine Spence. By Janet Cooper. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1972. pp. 30. Series: Great Australians. [Biography.]
1975  
  Catherine Helen Spence. An autobiography. Reprinted from "The Register." Adelaide, W. K. Thomas & Co., 1910. Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1975. pp. 101.(Australiana Facsimile editions, no. 199.)
1977  
  Gathered In. A novel. By Catherine Helen Spence. With an introduction by B. L. Waters and G. A. Wilkes. Sydney University Press, Sydney, 1977. pp. 315.
1983  
  Lucy Spence Morice and Catherine Helen Spence: partners in South Australian social reform. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, no. 11, 1983, pp. 48-64. [Article by Helen Jones. Biography.]
  Catherine Helen Spence: writer, public speaker, and social and political reformer, 1925-1910. South Australiana, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 36-73. March 1983. [Article by John Ramsland. Biography.]
  Catherine Helen Spence and the South Australian Institute: a note. South Australiana, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 74-76. March 1983. [Article by Carl Bridge. Biographical material.]
1984  
  Handfasted. By Catherine Helen Spence, edited, with a preface and afterword by Helen Thomson. Penguin Books, Ringwood, Australia, 1984. pp. 378. The manuscript of this novel, which was submitted to the Sydney Mail for a competition in 1879, has the pseudonym 'Hugh Victor Keith' on the title page.]
1985  
  Unbridling the tongues of women. By Susan Magarey. Hale and Iremonger. Sydney. 1985. pp. 240. [Biography.]
1986  
  A plea for pure democracy. Mr Hare's reform bill applied to South Australia. By C. H. S. Adelaide, W. C. Rigby, Hindley Street; and George Robertson, Melbourne, 1861. Reprinted by the Electoral Reform Society of South Australia, Adelaide, 1986. [Contains notes added by the author in 1895.] pp. 20.
  Clara Morison. A tale of South Australia during the gold fever. By Catherine Helen Spence. A facsimile of the first edition introduced by Susan Magarey. Wakefield Press, Netley, South Australia, 1986. pp. 286.
1987  
  Catherine Helen Spence. Portable Australian authors. Edited with an introduction by Helen Thomson. University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland, 1987. pp. 578. [Contains Clara Morison, extracts from the Autobiography and examples of Spence's journalism.]
  A postscript to the life of Catherine Helen Spence. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, no. 15, 1987, pp. 82-92. [Article by Helen Jones. Biography.]
  A week in the future. By Catherine Helen Spence. With an introduction and notes by Lesley Durrell Ljungdahl. Sydney, Hale and Iremonger, c.1987. pp. 136. A novel. (Serialised in the Centennial Magazine in 1889.)
1988  
  Mr Hogarth's will. By Catherine Helen Spence. Introduced by Helen Thomson. Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1988. pp. 439
  A further postscript to the life of Catherine Helen Spence. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, no. 16, 1988, pp. 165-167. [Article by Helen Jones. Biography.]
1994  
  Tenacious of the past. The recollections of Helen Brodie. By Catherine Helen Spence. Edited by Judy King and Graham Tulloch. Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English and Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide, 1994. pp. 91.
  In her own name. A history of women in South Australia from 1836. By Helen Jones. Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1994. pp. 428. [Biographical material.]
1999  
October 14 Aussies check in at Melrose to honour one of their heroines. Southern Reporter, p. 1b-e. [Report of unveiling of plaque at Spence's birthplace, Melrose, Scotland.]
2000  
  Catherine Helen Spence and the School Boards of Advice. Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, no 28, 2000, pp. 86-96. [Article by Barbara Wall. Biography.]
2005  
  Ever yours, C.H. Spence : Catherine Helen Spence's An autobiography (1825-1910), diary (1894) and some correspondence (1894-1910) / edited by Susan Magarey ; with Barbara Wall ... [et al.], Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2005
2010  
  A week in the future / Catherine Helen Spence ; introduction by Lucy Sussex, Mt Waverley, Vic. : Chimaera Publications, 2010
  Unbridling the tongues of women : a biography of Catherine Helen Spence / Susan Magarey, Adelaide : University of Adelaide Press, 2010
2019  
  This is what a feminist looks like : the rise and rise of Australian feminism / Emily Maguire, Canberra, A.C.T. : NLA Publishing, 2019, pp. 18-19