'This tale opens on a ship voyaging to Australia. The narrator soon introduces two passengers, the beautiful Esther Barville and her sister, Jessie. Esther attempts to warn Jessie away from the adventurer, Edgar Normard, but she heeds not. Esther and the narrator become friends when he risks his life to help save a sailor overboard. The friendship continues in Melbourne where Normard becoming heavily involved in gambling. When the sisters' father is murdered they sell up and go to live in the country with Normard, their manager, still hoping to marry Jessie. Esther and Cecil (the narrator) survive a night lost in the bush and prevent Jessie eloping with H. Eventually she succeeds and the tale ends.
'(There is an interesting comparison of the lot of the aboriginal and "civilised" woman in the final instalment.)' (PB)
The first three serialised instalments of 'Memoirs of Halbert Deinham' include a different epigraph. They are as follows: