A House is Built

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A House is Built (1929) is the first novel of M. Barnard Eldershaw, the joint pseudonym of Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw. It was written as a result of their seeing an advertisement for The Bulletin prize. The novel won this prize in 1928, shared with Katharine Susannah Prichard's Coonardoo. It was originally serialised in The Bulletin under the title, The Quartermaster.[1]

A House is Built
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Harrap 1965 reprint
Author M. Barnard Eldershaw
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher George G. Harrap and Co.
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 359pp
ISBN 0-7270-0970-2
OCLC 27538444

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The novel centres on James Hyde and his family. A former Royal Navy quartermaster, in 1837 Hyde sets up a business in early Sydney. He brings his family to Australia and would have his sons and grandsons continue his business. They are either disinclined to take up the business or more interested in the Australian gold-fields. His daughter Fanny has all the qualities needed to continue the family business. Constricted by gender stereotypes, Hyde, his business, and his family fall into tragedy.


  1. ^ Goodwin, Ken (1986) A history of Australian literature ("Macmillan history of literature" series), Basingstoke, Macmillan, p. 79

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