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Patricia Clarke argues that the Queensland scenes of Louisa Atkinson's novel Tressa's Resolve are 'clearly based on her husband's [James Calvert's] recollections of the harsh nature of the country he travelled over during his historic fifteen months journey to Port Essington [with Ludwig Leichhardt in 1844-45] and on his scepticism of the grandiose plans for settlement, particularly of the district that was deceptively named 'The Plains of Promise'.' (28)


  • Editor's note: This is a version of a paper given at the 2008 Annual Conference of the Independent Scholars' Association of Australia and published in The National Estate - Civic Heritage : 2008 Conference Proceedings (2008)

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    y Margin no. 77 April 2009 Z1590368 2009 periodical issue 2009 pg. 20-34
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