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Miles Franklin

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Born Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin on 14 October 1879 at Talbingo, NSW, Miles Franklin grew up on grazing properties run by her family in the Monaro Region. Franklin wrote as a freelance journalist for the Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald and became involved in the early Australian feminist movement.

Her first novel, My Brilliant Career, written at age 19, remained unpublished until 1901, when Henry Lawson supported its publication in London.

Franklin worked as a governess, teacher and nurse, prior to leaving Australia in 1906 to work in America then England. Her family had moved to Penrith in 1903 and finally to the southern Sydney suburb of Carlton in 1914.

Returning to Australia permanently in 1932, Franklin worked from offices in Hurstville and continued to live in the Carlton residence after her mother's death in 1938.

After Miles Franklin's death in 1954, a large amount of her estate was bequeathed to initiate an annual prize for work in Australian literature.

On 19 June 2003, Hurstville City Council unveiled a statue at the corner of McMahon and Dora Streets, Hurstville, to honour Miles Franklin.

In April 2005, Digital Imaging Group members chose the Miles Franklin statue as a subject for their photography.

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Vijay Balachandran
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Vijay Balachandran
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Ian Chesterfield
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Ian Chesterfield
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Mavis Fitzgibbon
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Kathleen Howell
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Henry Joubert
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Henry Joubert
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Ken McCrae
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Ken McCrae
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Joyce Pickup
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Ian Robinson
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Geoff Turton
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Geoff Turton

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