'Raised and educated in Mosman, N.S.W., ... [Connell] describes himself as a true suburbanite. "Left school when I was 14, spent some time in country districts, and eventually was faced with the problem of whether I should become a farm hand or return to the city. I still wonder if I shouldn't have stayed with the cows. Back in Sydney, I purchased a typewriter on monthly instalments. My first appearance in print was in an American magazine of furious fiction. Followed stories in various Australian monthlies and weeklies." Occupation: writing his own stuff and typing the stuff of others. Chief interests: tennis, swimming and trying to make money' (Flame 1.1, 193, p.64).
A story by A. Connell appeared in the 'Youth' section of the March 1936 edition of TheAustralian Journal. 'The Demon in the Valley' won the Group 3 Prize. The entry gave Connell's address as 730 Military Road, Mosman, N.S.W. (p.439)