'Brenda Paling lived on the shores of Middle Harbour, where she became so interested in ships and adventures at sea that most of her leisure was spent in a game of make-believe, with herself as chief of an imaginary ship, a revolver at her hip, sailing the Pacific or the Spanish Main. Brenda goes to the University, which gives an opportunity to introduce the hilarious proceedings at a Commem. Two young men are introduced, in whom she takes a considerable interest. One of them seems likely to give her the opportunity for sailing out of the Heads to seek the adventures that she had so long desired. She finds, however, that she is really in love with the other one, who, after a very irregular beginning, settles down steadily in a business career and marries Brenda, while Brenda's brother, who had never cared for adventure at all, sets out for the Antarctic.'
Source: 'The Ship that Never Set Sail', Sydney Mail, 21 December 1921, p.13.