Ada Cambridge

  • English writer
  • Born 1844
  • Died 1926

Ada Cambridge (21 November 1844 – 19 July 1926), later known as Ada Cross, was an English-born Australian writer. She wrote more than 25 works of fiction, three volumes of poetry and two autobiographical works. Many of her novels were serialised in Australian newspapers but never published in book form. While she was known to friends and family by her married name, Ada Cross, her newspaper readers knew her as A.C.. She later reverted to her maiden name, Ada Cambridge, and that is how she is known today.

Have all the hopes of ages come to naught? Is life no more with noble meaning fraught?

Let Justice, blind and halt and maimed, chastise the rebel spirit surging in my veins, let the Law deal me penalties and pains And make me hideous in my neighbours' eyes.

Alone! Alone! No beacon, far or near! No chart, no compass, and no anchor stay!

O what is life, if we must hold it thus as wind-blown sparks hold momentary fire?