For Arthur Upfield
And the sun sank again on the grand Australian bush - the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much that is different from things in other lands.
-Henry Lawson, The Bush Undertaker (1894)
A long term of self-communion in the back country will never leave a man as it found him. Outside his daily avocation, he becomes a fool or a philosopher...
-Tom Collins, Such is Life (1903)
The back country of Australia carries men who are known from station to station for some outstanding mental kink. The solitude of the Never-Never breeds them...
-Erle Cox, Out of the Silence (1925)
'Drama and a little comedy mixed with the spoon of tranquillity give the cake of life,' he said to the watching crow. 'Drama without comedy or comedy without drama produces the soddy dough of phantasmagoria.'
-Arthur Upfield, The Bone is Pointed (1938)