Joyce Denny was born in India in 1893. Her father was a professional soldier in the Indian Army. Moving back to England she was to become a Voluntary aid detachment nurse from 1914-1917. This may well have been where she met a doctor, Tom Evans whom she married in 1919 and migrated to New South Wales. Having been a keen artist from a young age she had studied at Exeter Art School. On arriving in the Antipodes she was sought after for her illustration skills for local publications and constantly exhibiting her works. In 1922 she became a mother with social and domestic duties hindering her artistic pursuits, a common tale for female artists and illustrators.
Amy Mack (1876-1939) was born in Adelaide. She had been a journalist and editor for the Sydney Morning Herald women's page for seven years. Mack found success in publishing 14 collections of bush-land stories with a sensitive narrative of the natural Australian bush, charmingly translated with equal sensitivity by Joyce Dennys as seen here explaining the onset of Autumn.
Sister of Louise Mack (1870-1935) who was a poet, journalist, war correspondent and author. From 1898 until 1901, Mack wrote "A Woman's Letter" for The Bulletin. Her first novel was published in 1896 and her only collection of poetry in 1901. Following this she traveled to England and Europe and did not return to Australia until 1916. In 1914 when war broke out Louise Mack was in Belgium where she continued to work as the first woman war correspondent for the Evening News and the London Daily Mail. Her eye-witness account of the German invasion of Antwerp and her adventures—A Woman's Experiences in the Great War—was published in 1915. Returning to Australia in 1916, Mack gave a series of lectures about her war experiences. Mack frequently wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald.