Nostalgia and belonging: Henry George Lamond writing the Whitsunday Islands

Pocock, Celmara (2015) Nostalgia and belonging: Henry George Lamond writing the Whitsunday Islands. Queensland Review, 22 (1). pp. 49-61. ISSN 1321-8166


Henry George Lamond is no longer a household name, but he was once popular and widely known in Australia and overseas. An extremely prolific writer, he published fifteen books of fiction and non-fiction, and more than 900 essays and magazine articles in his lifetime. His essays and articles include writing in a wide range of subjects and genres, from romantic fiction to practical agricultural advice. He was perhaps best known for his animal-based books, including Horns and Hooves (1931), An Aviary on the Plains (1934a), Dingo (1945), Brindle Royalist (1946) and Big Red (1953a). These titles were popular in the United States, England and Australia. Some were translated into other languages, including German and French, and they even formed part of school curricula. His tales are set in the Australian landscape and are ‘littered with bush colloquialisms’ (Bonnin 2000).
This article concerns a small portion of Lamond’s lesser known writing, specif- ically his portrayals of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef tourism. Lamond is better known as a rural outback writer than an island writer, and this article explores how he maintained a strong outback pastoral identity even as he wrote from and about the tropical islands of the Whitsundays. His writing draws on a nostalgia for his outback origins and the newfound joys in his island home. This was a means of maintaining a loyalty to his rural audience, but also reflects his own need to distinguish himself from other outsiders and find a sense of belonging in the islands.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 01:41
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 04:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; Whitsundays; tourism; history; Lamond; writing; islands; tourists
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/qre.2015.5

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