Born: Established: 20 Feb 1861 Chiltern, Rutherglen - Chiltern area, North East Victoria, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 19 Jan 1942 Cannes,
Mary Gaunt was born and grew up in Chiltern, Victoria. She was one of the first two women admitted to the University of Melbourne, but did not complete her degree.
From the late 1880s on she had short stories and articles published in such journals as Argus, the Sydney Mail and the Australasian, which earned her enough money to pay the passage of her first trip to Europe in 1890. In 1894 she married a widower, Dr Hubert Miller, and settled in Warrnambool. Her husband's death in 1900 left her penniless, and to maintain her independence she decided to move to London in 1901 and seek her fortune as a writer. She never returned to Australia. She travelled widely in Europe, Africa, China and Jamaica, where several of her works are set, and finally settled in Italy.
Gaunt wrote numerous travel books and works of fiction. Many of her novels deal with feminist themes. Of over twenty published works, six novels and a book of short stories concern Australia, most notably her novels Kirkham's Find (1897) and Deadman's (1898). (Source: Oxford Companion to Australian Literature)