'In The Rose of Youth Australian characters and incidents are introduced, and it treats the labour movement and wages-board system in Victoria' (Miller and Macartney).
Dedication: To my comrade of the dream house.
He wears the rose/ Of youth upon him. - Antony and Cleopatra.
It is the young and fair who are truly old, and truly experienced, insomuch as it is they who alone have a living memory to guide them. - Samuel Butler.