Meg Tasker teaches at Federation University Australia in Ballarat, and works in Victorian and Australian Studies. She is General Editor of the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies (AJVS), published on the Open Journal System by Sydney University e-Publishing, and an is active member of ASAL. Her Struggle and Storm (Melbourne UP, 2001) was the first critical biography of Francis Adams, a significant figure in Australian cultural history. Many papers on ‘Unbecoming Australians’, some in collaboration with Lucy Sussex, exploring the careers of late colonial Australasian writers in London at the turn of the twentieth century, have been published in journals including ALS, Southerly, Portal and JASAL.
The English-born traveller and writer Francis Adams, who was in Australia from 1884 to 1890, was a cultural activist and a conduit in both directions for the late-Victorian migration of ideas. His book The Australians (1893) was an important source…
HENRY Lawson had hoped for recognition by the British literary world, and felt that his two-year stay in England was the 'high tide' of his literary career. But he also later referred to it as 'that wild run to London…