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
mother was receiving psychiatric treatment. Her mother served in the
Australian Womenís Airforce during World War II and was a
classics, light opera and musical comedy. She suicided while Louise
Davenport was eight. Louise Davenport has an MA
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
The Temperment of
Years of Writing in Meanjin (Melbourne University Press, 1990).