East.J. Rupert Atkinson was born in Sandhurst, Victoria, and died in East Melbourne, Victoria, just after his eightieth birthday.
Atkinson completed his high school education at Rugby School and Dover College, after commencing at Street Andrew"s College, Bendigo. He matriculated and studied medicine at the University of Melbourne but did not complete the course.
After his father"s death Atkinson inherited substantial property in the Bendigo area and soon devoted himself to a life of literature.