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Blog post from Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

On this day, 14th October 1879, Miles Franklin, the Australian author of My Brilliant Career and other novels, was born.

Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin (1879-1954), was born at Talbingo, New South Wales, eldest child of native-born parents John Maurice Franklin, of Brindabella station, and his wife Margaret Susannah Helena, née Lampe, who was the great-granddaughter of Edward Miles (or Moyle) who had arrived with the First Fleet in the Scarborough with a seven years sentence for theft.

Her rebellious novel My Brilliant Career, completed by 1899, was rejected locally and published with the aid of Henry Lawson by William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London in 1901, brought her instant acclaim. See Australian Dictionary of Biography

The State Library of New South Wales holds many manuscripts and objects relating to Miles Franklin, her work and her life, including this waratah cup and saucer which once belonged to her.