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Bulcock, Emily Hemans (1877 - 1969)


Tinana near Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland
Journalist, Poet and Print Journalist
Alternative Names
  • Palmer, Emily (maiden name)


Emily Bulcock was a poet and freelance journalist. She produced several volumes of verse and contributed regularly to major metropolitan newspapers in Australia.


Emily Bulcock grew up in rural Queensland and was educated by her father, Henry Burnett Palmer. Her brother was writer Vance Palmer. She worked as a teacher until 1903 when she married orchardist Robert Bulcock. In 1914 the pair moved to Caloundra, where Emily Bulcock began writing regular newspaper pieces. In 1917 they moved again, to Brisbane.

Bulcock wrote several volumes of poetry including Jacaranda Blooms (1923), From Quenchless Springs (1945), and From Australia to Britain (1961). Her verse was published in major newspapers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In the 1920s, Bulcock worked as a freelance journalist for the Graziers' Journal and Farmers' Gazette. She was a foundation member and vice-president of the Queensland Authors' and Artists' Association, later the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Queensland), and became a life member in 1965. She was appointed O.B.E. in 1964 for services to literature.


c. 1914 - c. 1930
Career in journalism active

Sources used to compile this entry: Puregger, Marjorie, 'Bulcock, Emily Hemans (1877 - 1969)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006,

Barbara Lemon

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