The starting point for discussions of Australianness has long been Russell Ward’s The Australian Legend (1958) with its account of the myth of the Lone Hand, from which women are almost entirely absent. Even in the subsequent Pioneer myth, women have only a subsidiary role. This absence of women has often been decried, but any reading of the large body of literature by and about Australian women, particularly in the first half of the 20th Century, clearly demonstrates that a case can be made for a parallel myth, the Independent Woman, who makes her way without, and often despite, men.

The above is an extract from my M.Litt dissertation.

The author, Bill Holloway, is an old white guy with degrees in Accountancy, Logistics and Literature, living the Lone Hand myth as a road train driver in the deserts of Western Australia.

Contact address: theaustralianlegend@gmail.com

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  1. Hi,
    Wild Dingo Press is a boutique publishing company in Melbourne, focusing on publishing the inspirational true stories of individuals who’ve overcome tremendous hardship (in the forms of war, torture, asylum seeking etc). We have a very interesting upcoming June release – a novel titled Crooked Vows (our first fiction title) by a first-time WA writer, John Watt. Through a compelling story, it’s both illuminating and apt in relation to the current revelations around the abusive behaviours of some Catholic priests. High profile Catholic writer, historian and broadcaster, Dr Paul Collins, has resoundingly endorsed it, so I’m wondering if you would be interested in having a look at proof pages with a view to adding your voice of approval and/or reviewing it. I’ve attached a Media Release for your information.
    Let me know if you need further information,

    Kind regards,
    Leora E-G
    Publishing Assistant


  2. Have you thought of entering the Australian Women Writers Challenge? You don’t have to commit to writing many reviews by Australian women writers – I haven’t this year but I have exceeded my low expectations of myself. I am sure that the bloggers involved in the Challenge would enjoy hearing your views.

    Coincidentally I also worked as an accountant, but I drifted into public relations then into history.


    • I had ‘thought’ but have done nothing about it. I commented to Sue/ Whispering Gums recently that I’m up to 16 women (9 men) writer reviews this year. I’ll follow your link thanks and have another look.


  3. Bill – thanks to the reference by WG – I have found your fascinating blog – the latest has references to Bathurst, Capertee and Glen Alice – and Port Macquarrie (sic) – Lake Innes. All with personal resonance. Even someone with my Scottish Granny’s given name – Williamina (known as Minnie or Min)! I’ve skimmed through the larger part of books about which you have written – and wish I could write so well. And positively – that’s the best thing of your reviews – your ability in picking out the illuminative sparkle!


    • Thanks Jim! (and thanks WG). Is my spelling of Port Macquarrie wrong? Should be one r! I can’t check how it’s spelt in the book but I remember Annabella sometimes used McQ which the printer annoyingly reproduced as M’Q – often happens in Miles Franklin too.


      • Greetings Bill:

        I was merely noting that I was using the spelling which appeared each time you wrote it – so I simply assumed that that was how the writer had used it – not a mis-spelling by your good self. I live, by the way, in the City of Lake Macquarie – which – for people not listening too closely – is usually converted in their brains to Port Macquarie. I taught in and around Mudgee for a year (1978) after my wife and I had returned from 18 months around the world (more than half of which was spent in Madrid and in Munich – teaching English) – which included packing gherkins on the Muller Farm at Eurunderee (one farm distant from where Henry Lawson grew up – and places and names connected to the Reverend Ted NOFFS (of Kings Cross Wayside Chapel fame) – in Gulgong, in Rylstone (where a paternal great grand-father was born in 1853 – near to which his mother lies buried – 1854 – Carwell) and Kandos – a several visits to Glen Alice and Glen Davis – the Capertee Valley. Just recently on The Pathway to the Gods – walking above Amalfi in southern Italy – one of our six-member party was from Capertee – surprised when I mentioned I knew it)! I wonder in fact if Annabella used McQ/printed as M’Q because they were acceptable and commonly used abbreviations at the time – especially given both the variants as Macq/MacQ/McQ – and the pronunciation which glides over that intermediate ~c~ sound – compressed into the “Q” and disappearing. It’s not something I’ve particularly noted before…just suppositions here! Again, thanks for writing back. Jim


      • Been looking in google, pretty sure the mistake is mine. Anyway hope you keep reading. There’ll be more local colour in a couple of weeks time – I’m expecting guest posts on Georgianna McRae (Melb) and Eliz Macarthur (Syd) as well as Rosa Praed (N. Qld)


      • All good! Anyway – the posts you are alerting me to – all of interest – I remember as a young chap visiting the McRae Homestead somewhere down the Peninsula from Melbourne – and seeing Georgiana’s water-colours – of course Elizabeth “Farm” MACARTHUR – I recall taking a junior Australian History class on an excursion from Inverell to Sydney – Elizabeth Farm Cottage part of that visit. And We of the Never Never – Rosa PRAED!


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