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Lorna Travis : A Christmas Story single work   short story   romance  
Note: Author of 'Myrtle', etc.
Issue Details: First known date: 1893... 1893 Lorna Travis : A Christmas Story
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Family saga, set in Toorak, Melbourne in the late 1880s after the Crash. Lorna is wooed by rich, middle-aged, unpleasant George Langly - favoured by her mother for his money - and handsome Colin Rooke, friend of her brother Lynn returning from colonial experience in Queensland. Pressure exerted by Langly through his mortgage over their family home is frustrated when Colin's sister identifies him as the husband who deserted her in America - her claims supported by the opera singer he abandoned after marrying her bigamously. Colin's recall of £50,000 in Broken Hill mining shares are the icing on the cake ... Pleasant tale of wealthy lives in post-Boom Melbourne. Full descriptions of balls and gardens. (PB)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Australian Journal vol. 28 no. 332 January 1893 Z1070633 1893 periodical issue 1893 pg. 269-277
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Anthology of Colonial Australian Romance Fiction Ken Gelder (editor), Rachael Weaver (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2010 Z1683333 2010 anthology short story extract romance (taught in 5 units)

    'The Anthology of Colonial Australian Romance Fiction collects captivating stories of love and passion, longing and regret. In these tales women arriving in the New World make decisions about relationships and marriage, social conventions, finances and career-and even the future of the nation itself. The "slim and graceful" Australian girl becomes a new character type: independent, self-possessed and full of promise. These stories also show women gaining experience about the world, and the men, around them. They are put to the test by a new life and a new place. And not every relationship works out well.

    The best of colonial Australian romance fiction is collected in this anthology, from writers such as Ada Cambridge, Rosa Praed, Francis Adams, Henry Lawson, Mura Leigh and many others.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 2010
    pg. 113-143
Last amended 21 May 2010 11:19:51
  • Toorak, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
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