Meg Brayshaw is a doctoral candidate at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on representations of Sydney in fiction by Australian women writers.
Western Sydney University
In Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934), Christina Stead evokes the city’s history in her naming of the Tank Stream Press, the novel’s central location. The fresh water Tank Stream assured the colony’s survival in its fledgling years; however, it…
Elizabeth Harrower’s first novel, Down in the City (1957), introduces concerns that define her oeuvre, offering a typically adroit depiction of destructive domestic relations and middle-class mores. Focused on the marriage of upper-class Esther Prescott and ‘boy from the back…