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Henry G. Lamond Archive

This collection consists of typed letters written by Australian writer, Henry G Lamond (1885-1969). Lamond was born on 13 June 1885 at Carl Creek in Queensland's Gulf country, the second of three children of Scottish-born James Lamond, a sub-inspector of police, and his wife Amy Brooke, née Shadforth, from Victoria. In 1902 Henry became a jackeroo on Maneroo Station, near Longreach. On 27 June 1910 at Maneroo he married, in an Anglican ceremony, Eileen Meta Olive (d.1968), daughter of William McMillan, a former Maneroo owner. Lamond worked on western Queensland properties in various jobs ranging from horse-breaker to manager before leasing the six Molle Islands, off Proserpine, in 1927. He farmed and started a mail service to the mainland on South Molle, before moving to a farm at Lindum, Brisbane, in 1937.

In the 1920s Lamond began writing short stories, articles on natural history, and advice on handling cattle and sheep. His work appeared in journals such as Queensland Country Life, Walkabout, the Bulletin, Farmer and Settler and the Pastoral Review. In the United States his writings were published in Atlantic Monthly, Adventure and Short Stories. His first monograph, Horns and Hooves (London, 1931), was followed by a collection of tales, Tooth and Talon (Sydney, 1934), and An Aviary on the Plains (Sydney, 1934). He published over twelve books, mostly novels about animals, among them Brindle Royalist (Sydney, 1947) and Red Ruin Mare (London, 1956). His work proved popular in Australia, England and the United States. Regarded as classics of their genre, his novels were studied in Australian schools. Lamond was appointed M.B.E. in 1968.


Archive Location: 102R

Detailed Description

This collection consists of twenty typed letters all addressed to Miss A. McGovern with dates ranging from 14 January 1945 to 16 June 1968. The letters contain news concerning family and publishing matters. These letters are in good condition and provide evidence of Lamond's use of bush colloquialisms and mastery of the flippant comment.

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