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War hero, playwright and farmer – the amazing story of Gunning’s Millicent Armstrong



Millicent Armstrong with horses at her Gunning property, Photo: Lucy Knight.

The story of Millicent Armstrong may not be widely known, but as one of Australia’s great female heroes – it should be.

From her early years she was destined to amazing things – one of the first women in Australia to attend university, she then travelled across the world to join the war effort as a nurse and finally returned home as an award-winning playwright.

She was a woman ahead of her time and now Dianna Nixon has gone back in time to tell her story.

Their connection – Gunning in southern NSW, which is where Ms Nixon lives today and where Miss Armstrong wrote and farmed on a soldier settlement block, ‘Clear Hills’, in 1921.


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