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Henry Melville


  (1799 - 1873)

Nationality:    Australian
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Henry Melville (1799  1873) was a journalist, publisher and playwright living in Hobart, Australia. In March 1830 he bought the Colonial Times and later the same year he published Australias the first novel, Henery Saverys Quintus Servinton. Continuing his publishing endeavors, Henry began Australias first monthly magazine dedicated to literature in 1833. A regular contributor himself, Henrys play The Bushrangers was included in the publication in 1834.

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        Bushrangers, The

Bushrangers, The

Bushrangers, The
In Australia's wild woods, notorious bushrangers rule the land. They'll take a man for every penny and knock his brain from his head without a thought. And with a score to be settled, Bill Fellows and his gang of bushrangers are focused on revenge. Mr Norwood has a target on his back after ratting out the bushrangers to the police. Now the outlaws won't rest until his windpipe is cut. But when Norwood's beautiful daughter and her English lover get in the way, an unlikely friend comes to their aid. A milestone of Australian melodrama, The Bushrangers examines honor and trust in the harsh Australian bush and the relationship between white settlers, the aboriginal people and the bushrangers.

It was a milestone in Australian drama being the first written, published and performed play by an Australian colony. It was performed again the following year in Launceston by Cordelia Cameron's company.

1st Produced:
Hobart    29 May 1834


1st Published:
Playlab Press, Australia   978 1 921390 29 6


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30 min play

Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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