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Louisa Anne Meredith began publishing in England during the 1830s. Motivated by a strong love of nature and later inspired by her surroundings in Tasmania (where she arrived in 1840), she produced a total of twenty-one books, sixteen of which appeared following her marriage and immigration to Australasia. Her oeuvre consists of three autobiographical travel narratives, six illustrated books of verse on botany and natural history, four books for children, a novels, two works of poetry, and a number of essays and poems published in periodicals. She contributed significantly to the understanding of Australia—its landscape, its people, and its emergent identity—in the Victorian British imagination.
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20 July 1812 Louisa Anne Twamley (later LAM) was born at 47 Newhall Street in Birmingham, the only child of comparatively elderly parents. Bibliographic Citation link.
1852 LAM published another autobiographical account of her trials in the new colony: My Home in Tasmania, During a Residence of Nine Years. Bibliographic Citation link.
1891 In her last book, Bush Friends in Tasmania, Native Flowers, Fruits and Insects, Drawn from Nature, with Prose Descriptions and Illustrations in Verse, LAM again took up a familiar subject and a version of a familiar title. Bibliographic Citation link.
21 October 1895 LAM died "calmly and peacefully" although "in relative poverty" in Melbourne, Australia, where she had recently arrived to live with friends. Bibliographic Citation link.
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