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First known date:1878
yWestern Australian Writing : An Online AnthologyJohn Kinsella
Nedlands:University of Western Australia LibraryAustLit: The Australian Literature Resource,2003Z10750062003anthology poetry autobiography biography correspondence essay extract prose short story Nedlands:University of Western Australia LibraryAustLit: The Australian Literature Resource,2003
'Cross-cutting between England and Western Australia, which is described here as "a vast and unknown country, almost mysterious in its solitude and unlikeness to any other part of the earth," O'Reilly's novel mixes romance, transportation, and discussion of penal policy, with Moondyne Joe himself, a prisoner who escapes to the Australian bush, re-emerging subsequently as "Comptroller-General of Convicts in Australia," in which role he propounds a system of reform based upon "the radical principles of humanity".
'The novel's plot develops through a romance between an English Catholic with an Irish name, Will Sheridan, and his childhood sweetheart Alice Walmsley, who is wrongly convicted of murdering her own child and held in London's Millbank Prison, after being transported to Australia.'
Source: Giles, Paul. Antiopdean America: Australiasia and the Constitution of U.S. Literature. USA: Oxford University Press, 2014.