- The Literary Pattern in Australia
1. Such are William Hay’s The Escape of the Notorious Sir William Heans, 1919 (the convict system); Miles Franklin’s Old Blastus of Bandicoot, 1931, and All that Swagger, 1936 (pioneering in New South Wales); G. B. Lancaster’s Pageant, 1933 (pioneering in Tasmania); Henry Handel Richardson’s The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, 1917 (Victoria in the period of the gold rushes); Katherine Susannah Prichard’s Working Bullocks, 1926 (timber-getting in Western Australia) and The Roaring Nineties, 1946 (the gold rushes in Western Australia); Vance Palmer’s The Passage, 1930 (life in a fishing village on the Queensland coast in the twenties) and Golconda, 1948 (the growth of a mining community in Queensland); Martin Boyd’s The Montforts, 1928 (a family saga and chronicle of Australian life from the 1840’s to the end of the First World War); M. Barnard Eldershaw’s A House is Built, 1929 (early days in Sydney) and Green Memory, 1931 (Sydney in the mid-nineteenth century); Eleanor Dark’s The Timeless Land, 1941 (the first settlement in Sydney); Brian Penton’s Landtakers, 1934 and Inheritors, 1936 (pioneering in Queensland); Xavier Herbert’s Capricornia, 1938 (pioneering in the Northern Territory; Ernestine Hill’s My Love Must Wait, 1941 (the life of Matthew Flinders, the explorer).
2. Since this article was written, a new literary magazine Quadrant, supported by the Australian Committee for Cultural Freedom, has been launched.