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Louise Davenport
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Graduate and writer of fiction and landscape
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Louise Davenport was born in Melbourne in 1955. Her childhood was partly spent in the Bendigo Babiesí Home and the Andrew Kerr Memorial Home for Children while her mother was receiving psychiatric treatment. Her mother served in the Australian Womenís Airforce during World War II and was a singer of classics, light opera and musical comedy. She suicided while Louise Davenport was eight. Louise Davenport has an MA in Australian Studies from Melbourne University, having studied fiction with Gerald Murnane and history with Michael Cathcart. The landscapes of the Goulburn Valley and of Point Hicks have been her still centres. Her stories have appeared in the magazines Meanjin, Southerly and Westerly and in The Temperment of Generations: 50 Years of Writing in Meanjin (Melbourne University Press, 1990).

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