- 7 January 1894
Ferntown, Collingwood, New Zealand
- 8 March 1962
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
- Feminist, Trade unionist and Writer
- Alternative Names
- Crook, Jane (maiden name)
Jean Devanny was a novelist and prominent member of the Communist Party of Australia with a particular interest in the position of women in Australian culture and society. A staunch labour activist, she was also an admirer of the work of birth control activist, Marion Piddington. Initially living in Sydney, she eventually moved to Queensland, where she was caught up in the 1935 canecutter's strike. Her best known novel Sugar Heaven was based on these events.
Her energy was much admired by many of her contemporaries. Katherine Susannah Prichard, for instance, wrote that 'Jean Devanney is wonderful. No one I know is so vital, magnetic, absolutely devoted and disinterested. She is a great woman…I wish I could give all my time to Party work as she does.'