In Search of Steele Rudd: Author of the Classic Dad & Dave Stories


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In 1894 Arthur Hoey Davis, a young Brisbane public servant who dabbled in journalism, sat down to devise a nom de plume for his rowing column in the local newspaper. The by-line he chose was Steele Rudd. The Sydney Bulletin began to publish his stories in 1895 and four years later his first book, On Our Selection, appeared. A comic writer of genius, he became Queensland's best known and most popular writer. His works were as widely read as those of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and C. J. Dennis. The man behind the Rudd ...

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