- 14 October 1879
Talbingo, New South Wales, Australia
- 19 September 1954
Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia
- Alternative Names
- Brent of Bin Bin (pseudonym)
- Franklin, Stella Maria Sarah Miles (Birth name)
Franklin was born near Tumut, New South Wales, and grew up on her family's pastoral properties. In 1898 she wrote what became her best-known novel, My Brilliant Career, but failed to find a publisher until 1901. The sequel, My Career Goes Bung, was written in the early 1900s but remained unpublished until 1946. In 1905 Franklin travelled to America, where she remained for nearly a decade, working in the women's movement, before travelling to England and Macedonia, and volunteering during WW1. She published biographies and criticism as well as more than a dozen novels. She returned to Australia in 1927 and went on to become an influential promoter of Australian literature. After her death, funds from her properties were left toward establishing the Miles Franklin Literary Award.