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Issue Details: First known date: 1965... 1965 Venturing the Unknown Ways
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Contains numerous biographies of famous Australian writers and pioneers, documentary and journalistic prose pieces, extracts from autobiographies, diaries and correspondence, as well as two short stories that could also be classified as character descriptions, all of which contribute to the construction of an Australian identity.


  • Epigraph: Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as / we go the unknown ways. Whitman.
  • Contents indexed selectively.


* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Cheshire , 1965 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'Very Little News to Tell You Just Now', Rachel Biddulph Henning , extract correspondence (p. 3-5)
A Pioneer Settlement, M. M. Bennett , extract biography (p. 7-14)
The Rule of the Road, Mary Durack , extract biography (p. 16-22)
No Roads Go By, Myrtle Rose White , extract autobiography (p. 24)
Noontide in Botany Bay, M. H. Ellis , extract biography (p. 33-41)
The Kelly Gang, Kylie Tennant , extract biography (p. 55-59)
Portrait of a Colonial Statesman, Alfred Deakin , extract biography (p. 61-66)
Black Ivory, Ernestine Hill , extract essay (p. 74-78)
My Father's Friends, Hugh McCrae , extract biography (p. 81-85)
The Darling River, Henry Lawson , single work short story humour
Lawson describes the oddities of travel by river boat on the Darling River. He also explains how Bourke came to acquire the reputation of being the most drunken town on the Darling.
(p. 87-95)
Then She Turned and Rode Away, Mary Gilmore , extract autobiography (p. 97-102)
Tripe and Onions, Walter Murdoch , extract essay (p. 104-107)
These are My People, Alan Marshall , extract autobiography (p. 109-114)
'A Melancholy Affair', Edward John Eyre , extract correspondence (p. 133-140)
The Home of the Blizzard, Douglas Mawson , extract prose (p. 141-150)
The Sky Beyond, P. G. Taylor , extract autobiography (p. 152-168)
The Keeper of the Night, David Forrest , single work short story (p. 171-178)
A Long Way, Mena Abdullah , Ray Mathew , single work short story (p. 180-190)

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