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Issue Details: First known date: 1932... 1932 Breakaway House
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'Harry Tremayne, a policeman, goes to an isolated valley in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia to find his brother - who vanished a month earlier while investigating the murder of a police detective. Do the gold smugglers at Breakaway House hold the answers to the mystery?

'First published as a serial in the Perth Daily News in 1932, the real setting for the book is Mt Magnet, about 150k north of Perth, deep in gold country.' (Publication summary)


  • 'A New Discovery: Breakaway House', Chapter 12, The Spirit of Australia (Ray Browne 1988) contains information regarding alternative dates for the writing of Breakaway House. Internal evidence suggests that composition could have occurred soon after The House of Cain (1928); however, the polished character development in Breakaway House suggests a later date.
  • A non-Bony novel.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1932
Serialised by: The Daily News 1882 newspaper (74 issues)
      • Originally serialised in the Perth Daily News 1 September to 21 October 1932.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1987 .
      image of person or book cover 245066483821632009.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 244p.
      Description: illus.
      • Includes sketch of 'The Breakaway Valley'.
      ISBN: 0207155402

Other Formats

  • Sound recording
  • Large print.
Last amended 20 Sep 2019 11:34:56
  • Murchison, Eneabba - Morawa - Mullewa area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia,
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