This is a rare biography of the pioneering Australian author, Mary Gaunt. Born on the Victorian Goldfields in Chiltern in 1861, Mary Gaunt was well-educated and well-connected. She was a tomboy and a rebel - her father encouraged her, her mother disapproved. One of the first female students to attend the University of Melbourne, she wrote articles and stories in order to fund her travels. She trekked through the great mahogany forests of West Africa. She went to China in the chaos that followed the downfall of the Ch'ing dynasty, and narrowly avoided the marauding White Wolf. She proved that a woman could live by her pen in that era when nice women didn't travel on their own When war came, she was trapped behind enemy lines and never made it home to Australia. She died in occupied France in 1942. About the Author Bronwen Hickman holds an MA in History at Victoria University, where she was awarded a Travelling Scholarship. She spent six weeks in England, France and Italy, researching the life of Mary Gaunt. She has taken part in seminars at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University, lectured at meetings and dinners, and entertained people with stories of Mary Gaunt.