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Boake, Capel (1889 - 1944)


29 August 1889
Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
5 June 1944
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Alternative Names
  • Kerr, Doris Boake (Birth name)


Boake was born at Sydney, NSW, and grew up mainly in Melbourne, leaving school early to become a shop assistant, and later a secretary, librarian and book-keeper. A niece of the colonial poet Barcroft Boake, she began writing after hours, publishing her first novel, Painted Clay in 1917. Several short stories and a collection of verse for children followed, before three further novels: The Romany Mark (1923), The Dark Thread (1936) and As the Twig is Bent (1946). After Boake's sudden death from a cerebral haemorrhage her good friend, author Myra Morris, collected and published a volume of her poetry.

Published resources


  • Boake, Capel, Painted clay, Australasian Authors' Agency, Melbourne, 1917, 343 pp. Details

See also

Rachael Weaver