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Wilcox examines the lives of Australian artists (principally writers and painters) who lived in London during the two decades before World War I. Having canvassed the breadth of experience, including creative successes and failures, Wilcox leaves it to his readers to determine whether the migration and resultant artistic output 'denied Australia or simply enriched a wider world'.
John Arnold traces the life of the Fanfrolico Press, the press's co-founder Jack Lindsay and its manager P. R. Stephensen, particularly during the London-based period from 1926-1930. Arnold canvasses the financial problems experienced by the press, Lindsay's relationships with women, the publication of the journal London Aphrodite and the involvement of Lindsay's father, Norman Linday. The latter assisted the press financially and also contributed illustrations for some of its publications.
Davidson investigates expressions of imperial culture as evidenced in Australia up until the 1960s. He particularly identifies the Scouting movement, the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the images appearing on stamps.