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Mary Hannay Foott

(1846 - 1918 / Australia)

Biography of Mary Hannay Foott

Mary was born in Glasgow on 26th September, 1846. she was the daughter of James Black a leader in the Prebyterian Church. Her Mother descended from the literary family of Hannay. Mary arrived in Australia, 1853and was educated in Melbourne. She married Thomas Wade Foott in 1874, moving to live at Dundoo, Queensland.
After the death of her husband in 1884, she was to become the Literary Editor of `The Queenslander' for ten years.
She lived and taught at school in Rocklea, a Brisbane suburb in South East Queensland.

`Where the Pelican Builds, and other Poems' (Brisbane, 1885).
`Morna Lee, and other Poems' (London, 1890).

Photograph is of a Fishing party at a Corinda house on Oxley Creek Brisbane in 1897. This large block of land, owned by her father was later donated to the Presbyterian Church where a Nursing Home had been in practice for 75 Years.

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Blanched the cheek that Austral breezes off Van Diemen's coast had tanned,
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