y George Elphinstone Dalrymple : The Member for Kennedy single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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Follows the life and adventures of George Dalrymple from the time he arrived in southern Queensland, just before venturing to the unexplored north, until his departure for England several years later.

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  • Author's note: To the best of the author's knowledge, almost every person, place, and event was as described. There are over eighty actual characters in this book and only six or seven invented ones. The Dialogue springs from my imagination. This is not a text book, nor is it completely a work of fiction.

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'I Dreamed of Snow Today' : Impediments to Settler Belonging in Northern Queensland as Depicted in a Selection of Recent Fiction Jacqueline Stockdale , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , no. 9 2010;
'In 2001, Geoffrey Blainey argued that "a high proportion" of non-Indigenous Australians have developed a sense of place, "of feeling at home" in their country, that "has in part been created or manufactured". Though historians have contributed to this, he says, "Painters and writers have done most to create it" as "They tried to provide a sense of belonging, and a sense of continuity and history" (Boyer Lecture n. pag.). Several recent Australian novels - each with some historical basis - are set in Queensland's north and offer contemporary perceptions of the area's history from settlement to the end of the twentieth century. Published the year after the Mabo Decision, and Prime Minister Paul Keating's "Redfern Speech", David Malouf's 1993 novel, Remembering Babylon, is a fitting point to commence exploring depictions of settler society's relations to northern Queensland. Three other novels included in this study are Alex Miller's Journey to the Stone Country (2003), and Landscape of Farewell (2007), along with Gordon Smith's Dalrymple (2006). In these stories northern settlers struggle to cope - physically, psychologically and emotionally. The difficulties for settlers in developing an attachment to north Queensland, and their sometimes extreme responses, illustrate the powerful interaction between place, belonging and identity. '
'I Dreamed of Snow Today' : Impediments to Settler Belonging in Northern Queensland as Depicted in a Selection of Recent Fiction Jacqueline Stockdale , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , no. 9 2010;
'In 2001, Geoffrey Blainey argued that "a high proportion" of non-Indigenous Australians have developed a sense of place, "of feeling at home" in their country, that "has in part been created or manufactured". Though historians have contributed to this, he says, "Painters and writers have done most to create it" as "They tried to provide a sense of belonging, and a sense of continuity and history" (Boyer Lecture n. pag.). Several recent Australian novels - each with some historical basis - are set in Queensland's north and offer contemporary perceptions of the area's history from settlement to the end of the twentieth century. Published the year after the Mabo Decision, and Prime Minister Paul Keating's "Redfern Speech", David Malouf's 1993 novel, Remembering Babylon, is a fitting point to commence exploring depictions of settler society's relations to northern Queensland. Three other novels included in this study are Alex Miller's Journey to the Stone Country (2003), and Landscape of Farewell (2007), along with Gordon Smith's Dalrymple (2006). In these stories northern settlers struggle to cope - physically, psychologically and emotionally. The difficulties for settlers in developing an attachment to north Queensland, and their sometimes extreme responses, illustrate the powerful interaction between place, belonging and identity. '
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