Mary Helena Wilson, who later became the popular Australian author MF (also known as 'Waif Wander' and 'W. W.'), was probably born in this year in Belfast
14 December 1855
The first known publication by MF, a poem titled "Song of the Gold Diggers", appeared in the Mount Alexander Mail
under the initials 'M. H. F.'
By 14 October 1865
MF was very probably the author of the anonymous short story "The Stolen Specimens" printed in The Australian Journal
. If she was, this makes her one of the first women to publish detective fiction.
MF's final publication to appear in a journal or the like was "A Tragedy in the Silent Night" in The Australian Journal
MF must have died after she ceased sending new work to The Australian Journal
in 1913; perhaps after it stopped reprinting her earlier pieces, in 1919. The actual date is unknown. The Journal
paid for her burial, but apparently in somebody else's grave, whose location remains a mystery.