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Thos. E. Spencer Thos. E. Spencer i(A18604 works by) (a.k.a. Thomas Edward Spencer; D.; T. E. Spencer)
Also writes as: Mrs Bridget McSweeney
Born: Established: 30 Dec 1845 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 6 May 1911 Glebe Point, Glebe - Leichhardt - Balmain area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1875
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Thomas Edward Spencer was the son of Daniel O'Brien and his wife Ann, nee Coulthard. He visited the Victorian goldfields with his brother in 1863, but returned home one year later. By the time he married in 1869 he no longer used the name 'O'Brien'.

In 1875 he migrated to Sydney, where he set up as a building contractor. He also became an industrial arbitrator. He was successful in both fields, as well as in his writing. His books were reprinted many times and sold extremely well. Some of his humorous poems are still popular as school recitation pieces.

Source : Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

Most Referenced Works


Awards for Works

Suburban Felicity i "My name is Macpherson, an unlucky person", 1908 single work poetry
— Appears in: Rowlandson's Success , no. 2 1908; (p. 18-19)
1907 winner New South Wales Bookstall Literary Competition Best humorous verse
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