Cambridge, Ada

thirty-years-in-australiaAda Cambridge (1884-1926) came to Australia with her clergyman husband in 1870. She was best known for her novels and poetry and was considered to be the first significant female Australian poet, with her 1887 volume Unspoken Thoughts considered of particular importance (see Webby, E., (1989) Colonial Voices: Letters, Diaries, Journalism and other Accounts of Nineteenth Century Australia, UQP, St Lucia, Qld, p. 472). She wrote nearly 30 novels; short stories for newspapers; and two significant memoirs, Thirty Years In Australia and The Retrospect. Both were renowned for their literary style and reportage.