Dedication: Dedicated To The Memory Of Angus McMillan Pioneer Of Gippsland Sit tibi terra levis (light lie the earth upon thee)
E. Morris Miller and Frederick T. Macartney's Australian Literature : a bibliography to 1938 (1956): 396 comments: 'Serialized in the Melbourne Age, and placed first in an Empire division of a world novel competition. The background is based upon Angus McMillan's discovery of Gippsland. The work has been translated into European languages, including a translation into German in 1937.'
Lynette Young in The Melody Lingers On (1967): 17-18 notes that 'this novel was the prize-winner of the British Empire entries in an international novel competition. The All Nations Prize Novel Competition was sponsored by publishers in the following countries: America, France, Spain, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Hungary....The competition was judged by the famous English writer Sir Hugh Walpole.' She reports that there were eleven editions of the novel to 1967. (p.92).