Thistle Anderson i(14 works by) (birth name: Mary Clavering Anderson) (a.k.a. M. C. Fisher; Thistle M. C. Anderson; Thistle Clavering Fisher; Thistle Clavering Shearmur)
Also writes as: Mrs. Herbert Fisher
Born: Established: 12 Oct 1878
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1885
Heritage: Scottish
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Thistle Anderson was the daughter of George Anderson (q.v.), who came from Glasgow to Melbourne in 1885 to be Deputy Master of the Mint. She 'entered the ballet' (Bulletin, 11 Aug. 1900), joining Nance O'Neil's touring company which J. C. Williamson brought to Adelaide in 1900 and appeared as the baroness in Fedora. Anderson travelled with the company through Australia and to New Zealand and London. In December 1901 she married (in London) Herbert Fisher, an Adelaide stockbroker. She enjoyed a social life in London and was presented at court.

Returning to Adelaide in 1903, the Fishers lived at 'Stramshall' in North Adelaide. Her book Arcadian Adelaide (1905) which she said was 'written merely as a playful skit' (preface to New Edition) infuriated Adelaide society. In mid-1905 the Fishers moved to Melbourne, and from there to San Francisco and later to London. Herbert Fisher died in 1912. The Critic's obituary reported that his widow was 'enjoying life in Paris when last heard of'.


  • 'Barenski: (a Play)' is mentioned in Songs to Dorian as being 'printed in Australia' and is also listed in some of her other published works. No copy has been traced, but a short story with the same title (minus the subtitle) is included in Dives' Wife and Other Fragments (1908).

Affiliation Notes

  • Born elsewhere; moved to SA
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