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Issue Details: First known date: 1899... 1899 Cross Currents
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Notes

  • This work is a substantially expanded version of the short story 'A Night in a Custom House', which appeared in Harriet Patchett Martin's anthology Under the Gum Tree (1890).
  • This story appears to contain autobiographical elements, and to some extent might be drawn from Harriet Patchett Martin's experiences in Queensland - it involves Aline Beaumont, 'the only daughter of a long-widowed parent', who came to Australia with her husband, Captain Beaumont, 'one of those gentlemanly and agreeable ne'er do wells whom other men characterise as "no man's enemy but his own" ', who took up a Customs appointment at the northern town of Stony Hollow. The setting appears to be Queensland - the capital Bristowe (Brisbane), the northern ports of Ellenborough (Maryborough) and Stony Hollow (possibly Rockhampton), whilst the character the Hon. William Thornhill, the Collector of Customs at Bristowe, might be based on William Thornton, Queensland Collector of Customs from 1859 to 1882, and also a Queensland M. L. C., who was the step-father of Margaret Ellen Day (probably Mrs. Henry Day (q.v.), the dedicatee of Martin's Under the Gum Tree).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon By Creek and Gully : Stories and Sketches Mostly of Bush Life, Told in Prose and Rhyme, by Australian Writers in England Lala Fisher (editor), London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1899 Z87512 1899 anthology poetry short story An anthology of the works of Australian writers living in England. London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1899 pg. 7-51
  • 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. 175-201

Works about this Work

Tropical Flowers : Romancing North Queensland in Early Female Fiction and Poetry Cheryl M. Taylor , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 36 no. 2009; (p. 135-160)
Cheryl Taylor discusses seven female writers who were inspired by and wrote about North Queensland. She concludes, in part, that 'the flower authors see tropical Queensland as a place of liberation for women.... where young female characters assert an identity freed from parental or marital restrictions'.
Out Back Adventures Kevin Steinberger , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 22 no. 5 2007; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Croc on the Loose Grace MacDonald Baldwin , 2004 single work children's fiction ; The Giant Scrub Python Grace MacDonald Baldwin , 2003 single work children's fiction ; Cross Currents Mrs Patchett Martin , 1899 single work short story ; Bushfire Rescue Justin D'Ath , 2005 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack! Justin D'Ath , 2005 single work children's fiction ; Scorpion Sting Justin D'Ath , 2006 single work children's fiction ; Spider Bite Justin D'Ath , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Secrets of Eromanga Sheryl Gwyther , 2006 single work novel ; Blind Trek Jim Kennedy , 2007 single work children's fiction ; 68 Teeth James Moloney , 2004 single work children's fiction ; Croc Bait Leonie Robin Norrington , 2003 single work children's fiction ; The Barrumbi Kids Leonie Robin Norrington , 2002 single work children's fiction ; The Spirit of Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , 2003 single work children's fiction ; Leaving Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Last Muster Leonie Robin Norrington , 2004 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack Leone Peguero , 2004 single work picture book ; Brumby Plains Joanne Van Os , 2006 series - author children's fiction ; Castaway Joanne Van Os , 2007 single work children's fiction
Arguing that 'the elemental adventure story is making a comeback' (8), Steinberger gives a brief overview of a number of Australian children's fictions which he sees as representing a 'new wave of outback adventures' (10).
Writing from the Contact Zone : Fiction by Early Queensland Women Belinda McKay , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 30 no. 2 2004; (p. 53-70) Hibiscus and Ti-Tree : Women in Queensland 2009; (p. 30-45)
This paper examines 'some of the ways in which white women novelists also contributed powerfully to shaping the literary imaginative landscape through which Australian readers came to "know" Indigenous people, and the nature of inter-racial contact, in the period before the publication of writing by Indigenous women began to disrupt the textual terrain' (54). The focus is on the writing of women who grew up in rural Queensland and/or used Queensland as settings. The paper concludes that women writers, though presenting themselves as sympathetic and knowledgeable observers and spokespersons for Indigenous people, were 'active participants in the ongoing colonial projects of subjugating Indigenous people and managing perceptions of that process' (68).
Out Back Adventures Kevin Steinberger , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 22 no. 5 2007; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Croc on the Loose Grace MacDonald Baldwin , 2004 single work children's fiction ; The Giant Scrub Python Grace MacDonald Baldwin , 2003 single work children's fiction ; Cross Currents Mrs Patchett Martin , 1899 single work short story ; Bushfire Rescue Justin D'Ath , 2005 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack! Justin D'Ath , 2005 single work children's fiction ; Scorpion Sting Justin D'Ath , 2006 single work children's fiction ; Spider Bite Justin D'Ath , 2007 single work children's fiction ; Secrets of Eromanga Sheryl Gwyther , 2006 single work novel ; Blind Trek Jim Kennedy , 2007 single work children's fiction ; 68 Teeth James Moloney , 2004 single work children's fiction ; Croc Bait Leonie Robin Norrington , 2003 single work children's fiction ; The Barrumbi Kids Leonie Robin Norrington , 2002 single work children's fiction ; The Spirit of Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , 2003 single work children's fiction ; Leaving Barrumbi Leonie Robin Norrington , 2007 single work children's fiction ; The Last Muster Leonie Robin Norrington , 2004 single work children's fiction ; Crocodile Attack Leone Peguero , 2004 single work picture book ; Brumby Plains Joanne Van Os , 2006 series - author children's fiction ; Castaway Joanne Van Os , 2007 single work children's fiction
Arguing that 'the elemental adventure story is making a comeback' (8), Steinberger gives a brief overview of a number of Australian children's fictions which he sees as representing a 'new wave of outback adventures' (10).
Writing from the Contact Zone : Fiction by Early Queensland Women Belinda McKay , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 30 no. 2 2004; (p. 53-70) Hibiscus and Ti-Tree : Women in Queensland 2009; (p. 30-45)
This paper examines 'some of the ways in which white women novelists also contributed powerfully to shaping the literary imaginative landscape through which Australian readers came to "know" Indigenous people, and the nature of inter-racial contact, in the period before the publication of writing by Indigenous women began to disrupt the textual terrain' (54). The focus is on the writing of women who grew up in rural Queensland and/or used Queensland as settings. The paper concludes that women writers, though presenting themselves as sympathetic and knowledgeable observers and spokespersons for Indigenous people, were 'active participants in the ongoing colonial projects of subjugating Indigenous people and managing perceptions of that process' (68).
Tropical Flowers : Romancing North Queensland in Early Female Fiction and Poetry Cheryl M. Taylor , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 36 no. 2009; (p. 135-160)
Cheryl Taylor discusses seven female writers who were inspired by and wrote about North Queensland. She concludes, in part, that 'the flower authors see tropical Queensland as a place of liberation for women.... where young female characters assert an identity freed from parental or marital restrictions'.
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