James B. Stephens

James B. Stephens

Name: James B. Stephens

Epoch: Late 19th Century (the \'Long Nineteenth Century\')

Grouping Field: Literature (Fiction)

Location Grouping: Individual\'s Work Location

Map Coordinates: 27°28\'59.7\"S 153°01\'15.4\"E

Years At Location: 1883-1902

One Historical Setting: Mr. James Brunton Stephens, Dorchester Street, Highgate Hill (1883)

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James Brunton Stephens wrote for The Brisbane Courier, the Australasian, and other newspapers, and contributed some articles to the ‘Red Page’ of the Bulletin. He also wrote three most famous patriotic poems, ‘The Dominion of Australia’ (1877), ‘An Australian National Anthem’ (1890) and ‘Fulfilment’ (1901).

Impact On Brisbane Society

Cecil Hadgraft stated, “For about twenty years after the death of Henry Kendall in 1882 he [Stephens] had been regarded as the greatest Australian poet living…”. In 1870, 1871, and 1873 Stephens taught at the Normal School in Brisbane. In 1876, while a relieving teacher at Kelvin Grove, Stephens married Rosalie Mary Donaldson. In 1877 he was headmaster at Ashgrove. Leaving Ashgrove at the end of 1882, he was nominally headmaster at Sandgate in January 1883.


Cecil Hadgraft, ‘Stephens, James Brunton (1835–1902)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stephens-james-brunton-4642/text7661, published first in hardcopy 1976, accessed online 4 July 2019.

Hadgraft, Cecil. James Brunton Stephens,University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia, Qld, 1969.

Image Citation

James Brunton Stephens. Album: LP/181. (2005). State Library of Queensland