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Gullett, Henry Somer (1878 - 1940)

26 March 1878
Toolamba, Victoria, Australia
13 August 1940
New South Wales, Australia
Alternative Names
  • Gullett, Harry S.


Gullett was born at Toolamba in northern Victoria and grew up on his parent's farm, contributing articles the Geelong Advertiser from an early age. He became a staff journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald in 1900, before travelling to London as a freelance journalist in 1908. In 1912 he married the daughter of colonial writer Barbara Baynton, and they had two children. He became a war correspondent in 1915, travelling to France, Egypt and Palestine. He was a director of the Australian Immigration Bureau and returned briefly to journalism before joining Federal politics as a Nationalist in 1925. He co-edited Australia in Palestine (1919) with Charles Barrett, and wrote volume VII of The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 (1923) as well as two short stories. He died in an aeroplane crash near Canberra.

Published resources

Short Stories

  • Gullett, Harry S., 'The Passing of Dickie', in Charleton, W. R. (ed.), The Red kangaroo and other Australian short stories, John Fairfax and Sons, Sydney, 1907, pp. 251-254. Details

See also

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Newspaper clippings 1923-1938 - Henry Gullet, 1923 - 1938, NLA MS 5347; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of Sir Henry and Lady Penelope Gullett, 1887-1961, 1887 - 1961, MS 3078; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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