Robbery Under Arms, by Rolf Boldrewood
[pen name for Thomas Alexander Browne, an Australian writer. 1826-1915.]
A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia
By Rolf Boldrewood
(Pseudonym of Thomas Alexander Browne)
Author of `The Miner's Right', `The Squatter's Dream',
`A Colonial Reformer', etc.
Preface to New Edition
I dedicate this `ower true tale' of the wilder aspects of Australian life
to my old comrade R. Murray Smith, late Agent-General in London
for the colony of Victoria, with hearty thanks for the time and trouble
he has devoted to its publication. I trust it will do no discredit
to the rising reputation of Australian romance. But though presented
in the guise of fiction, this chronicle of the Marston family
must not be set down by the reader as wholly fanciful or exaggerated.
Much of the narrative is literally true, as can be verified
by official records. A lifelong residence in Australia may be accepted
as a guarantee for fidelity as to local colour and descriptive detail.
I take this opportunity of acknowledging the prompt and liberal
recognition of the tale by the proprietors of the `Sydney Mail',
but for which it might never have seen the light.