The Colonials

Brian Fitzpatrick
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1 September 2013

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9780522864489

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Melbourne University Press

The Colonials

Brian Fitzpatrick
Nearly half a century ago, a young Australian journalist without a newspaper decided to try his hand at writing a novel.
He was Brian Fitzpatrick, who was later to win public notice as an historian, as a radical polemicist and lobbyist on the fringe of the Labour movement, and as first General Secretary of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties.
Yet The Colonials is far more a 'psychological' novel than a social panorama or a story with a plot. It was surely the first Australian novel to capture the nuance of a school-teacher's condition-underpaid, conscious of moral superiority to his more vulgar and less well-informed neighbours, resentful of his low standing in a society differentiated by income or appearances more than intelligence or respectability. There is ample plunder here for social historians of the more predatory sort.
Nearly half a century ago, a young Australian journalist without a newspaper decided to try his hand at writing a novel.
He was Brian Fitzpatrick, who was later to win public notice as an historian, as a radical polemicist and lobbyist on the fringe of the Labour movement, and as first General Secretary of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties.
Yet The Colonials is far more a 'psychological' novel than a social panorama or a story with a plot. It was surely the first Australian novel to capture the nuance of a school-teacher's condition-underpaid, conscious of moral superiority to his more vulgar and less well-informed neighbours, resentful of his low standing in a society differentiated by income or appearances more than intelligence or respectability. There is ample plunder here for social historians of the more predatory sort.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Charles Fitzpatrick (1905-1965) was a journalist, historian, socialist and defender of civil liberties. He was a founder of Farrago and the Melbourne University Labor Club. He contributed to The Age, Bulletin, Melbourne Punch and the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Fitzpatrick's economic analyses were presented to the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration by the Australian Council of Trade Unions as part of its case in the Basic Wage Enquiry in 1940, and…

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