Born: Established: 15 Aug 1873 Emerald Hill South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area Melbourne - Inner South Melbourne Victoria ; Died: Ceased: 20 Nov 1950 Elsternwick Caulfield - St Kilda area Melbourne - Inner South Melbourne Victoria
Writer and journalist Erle Cox was best-known for his 1925 novel, Out of the Silence, which has been described as 'a classic work of science fiction. Set in rural Australia, it tells the story of a young vigneron who discovers, buried beneath his land, a huge sphere containing the culture and technology of a past civilization. Cox began to write the book about 1916 but had shaped the idea for it earlier - "pacing up and down the St Kilda sands". At first he was unable to find a publisher but in 1919 the Argus printed the story in weekly instalments between 19 April and 25 October'. Heralding 'its appearance in Melbourne in book form', the Australasian declared: '"No more successful serial story has been published in Australia"'.
(Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online)