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Issue Details: First known date: 1886... 1886 Wild Craven's Daughter. An Australian Novel
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Beautifully written and realised tale. Kitty Craven and Beatrice Rodier, young girls sharing factory sewing work and a room in Melbourne, become very close friends. Kitty is the daughter of a drunken dishonest racehorse trainer and Beatrice the orphaned daughter of a scapegrace father and genteel mother, still hopeful of contact from her mother's family. After an idyllic day together Beatrice falls ill and eventually dies, and Kitty is bereft. When approached by an agent of Beatrice's uncle, she takes on Beatrice's identity to evade her father and when she is adopted as John Heydon's niece at Yalanga station finds it hard to admit to the change. She admires and loves his wife Amy and is herself loved by a neighbouring 'colonial experience' youth, Malleson. But it is the well-travelled Paul Roscairne who holds her interest from their first encounter at a country horse race. The treatment of Aborigines on northern stations, kangaroo hunts, and lovers' misunderstandings follow, but most shocking is the return of scheming father, Wild Craven ... Rather than submit to his blackmail she leaves Yalanga and works alone in Melbourne, Paul never ceasing to search for her. She is injured in a fire saving a child and reconciliation follows before she dies. (PB)


  • Editor's note: Published by special arrangement with the author, all rights reserved.
  • Editor's note: 'The proprietors have the pleasure to draw the attention of Subscribers to the fact that the first instalment of a Tale of Australian Life, 'Wild Craven's Daughter', by the admired novelist Miss Laura Murrell, appears in this issue. This story has been specially written for the JOURNAL, and that it will be found of absorbing interest the Proprietors have every confidence.' Australian Journal July 1886, p.637.

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First known date: 1886
Serialised by: The Australian Journal 1865 periodical (901 issues)
Serialised in nine monthly instalments in The Australian Journal between July 1886 and March 1887.
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