- 18 May 1890
Eagle Farm, Queensland, Australia
- 22 January 1964
Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Cross was born in Brisbane, attending school in rural Queensland and New South Wales before graduating from teacher's college in Sydney. After leaving teaching to have a baby, who died, she went on to support herself through acting and journalism. In 1916 she began an unconventional relationship with editor of the Bulletin's 'Red Page', David McKee Wright, and they had two children. From 1908 she contributed poems and short stories to newspapers and periodicals like the Australian Town and Country Journal, and the Bulletin. She also published five volumes of poetry and several novels, including Daughters of the Seven Mile (1924) and The Lute-Girl of Rainyvale: A Story of Love, Mystery and Adventure in North Queensland (1925).