Henrietta Drake-Brockman was one of Western Australia’s best-known authors. Her writing career began in the 1920s when she wrote lively articles based on her extensive travels in WA’s North-West, which appeared in The West Australian under the pseudonym ‘Henry Drake’.
However, it wasn’t long before her own name became a force in Australian literature. Drake-Brockman’s works include fiction, short stories and recognition as an accomplished playright.
Although,Drake-Brockman considered herself a creative writer, Voyage to Disaster is her greatest work. Her research led to the discovery of the Batavia wreck in 1963, an event that was to shape the future of maritime archaeology and historic shipwrecks legislation in Western Australia.
Henrietta Drake-Brockman died in 1968, at the age of sixty-six.