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The Reflections of Larry Jamieson single work   novella  
Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 The Reflections of Larry Jamieson
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Larry Jamieson, station-hand by avocation and bush philosopher by instinct, tells how he is engaged by the three-times widow - but still attractive - Mrs. McPhee to work on her property some fifty miles from Tiljoa, in Western Queensland. He reaches the homestead to find that Mrs. McPhee's somewhat masterful methods have driven the other men off the place. Larry is about to follow suit, but Mrs McPhee persuades him to stop, partly because of her niece Sylvia Stretton. Sylvia has been sent from Bresbane in order to make her forget an attachment to Michael Buller, whose father has been entangled in a financial scandal, and is unpopular with the Strettons.

Mrs McPhee suggests that Larry might be the very man to help Buller drop out of Sylvia's mind. The susceptible young man agrees to the stratagem, but double-crosses his employer by promising to sent the girl's letters to Buller. He entrusts them to Jacky, an Aboriginal fence rider, to give secretly to the mailman. In order to keep Jacky quiet, he frightens him by telling him that Dave Rhodes, a red-headed young man who has recently come to work for Mrs McPhee, will probably kill him if he hears about it.

Among the other people that the helpful Larry tries to assist is Clarence Drinkwater, a neighbouring bachelor squatter, who is very keen on the pretty daughter of the imposing and important Mrs. Carmichael. That lady, whoever, considers that Drinkwater's habit belies his name far too much, and gives him no opportunity to make headway with the girl.

In the middle of these complications Larry is sent to Brisbane with cattle. The stock agent takes him to the theatre and introduces him to some chorus girls as the wealthy owner of 'Dreamland Station'. In this role Larry naturally makes a big hit with the girls, and with Kitty Weeks in particular...

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1940
Serialised by: The Australian Journal 1865 periodical (901 issues)
First instalment: 1 November, 1940 Final instalment: 1 April 1941

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In Passing 1940 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 1 October vol. 76 no. 895 1940; (p. 1182-1183)
In Passing 1940 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian Journal , 1 October vol. 76 no. 895 1940; (p. 1182-1183)
Last amended 24 Feb 2010 15:44:55
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
  • Western Queensland, Queensland,
  • Brisbane, Queensland,
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