Jeannie Gunn was born on the 5th
June 1870 in Melbourne and died on the 9th June 1961.
Jeannie married in December 1901 Aeneas Gunn, In 1902 they
arrived in Katherine at the “Elsey Station” in the Northern
Territory and accepted to manage the station. The first owner of
“Elsey Station” was Abraham Wallace in 1880. Aeneas Gunn has
been the captain of the Red Gauntlet which was a 40 ton steamer.
Jeannie Gunn wrote “We of Never Never”, “The Little Black
Princess of the Never Never”. Jeannie was the youngest
of a Baptist minister. She got education form her mother at
home. During her stay at Elsey Station she started to write to
her family in Melbourne about her experiences in the bush. From
these letters she wrote the book “We of Never Never” and over
one million copies were sold during her lifetime. Her husband,
Aeneas, died of malarial dysentery in 1903. After the death of
Aeneas, Jeannie returned back to Melbourne to be with her
family. When she came back to Melbourne she began to write two
new stories “Terrick: His Book”, which was about an Aboriginal
chief and “The Making of Monbluk”, which is an area near
Melbourne. But she never finished them, because she stopped
writing when the World War 1 began as she was involved in the
war, helping and nursing the wounded soldiers.