Henrietta Drake-Brockman i(125 works by) (birth name: Henrietta Jull) (a.k.a. Henrietta Frances York Drake-Brockman; Mrs Geoffrey Drake-Brockman; H. Drake-Brockman)
Also writes as: Henry Drake
Born: Established: 27 Jul 1901 Perth, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 8 Mar 1968 Perth, Western Australia,
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Henrietta Drake-Brockman spent many years in the Western Australian outback with her husband, Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. She played a major role in the WA literary scene and was a Foundation Member (1938), and later President of the WA Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. She served as a long-term committee member of Westerly magazine.

A prolific author of novels, short stories and drama, Drake-Brockman also edited several collections of fiction, and wrote in the field of literary criticism.

Her fiction had a historical focus, and explored such subjects as the pearling industry in Broome, the struggles of colonial development, the effects of World War II on Australian society, the nature of the Australian landscape and the challenges of living in the outback

Notes

  • A sound recording of Henrietta Drake-Brockman talking to her grand daughter (1962) is held at ANL.
  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Henrietta Frances Drake-Brockman, (1901-1968).
  • The December 1933 issue of The Home contains a brief section noting that, 'A charming visitor to Sydney during November was Mrs Henrietta Drake-Brockman (Henry Drake), of Peppermint Grove, Perth, the author of several serials, short stories and plays, many of which have their setting in the far north-west, which she has visited with her husband...Two plays by Henry Drake, recently performed at the Repertory and Playbox Theatres in Perth, were acclaimed by critics.' (section includes biographical details; content appears in the Sydney 'Personal and Social' column)